Arsenal have become synonymous with contract sagas during 2017. The will they, won’t they stand off with Mesut Özil and Alexis Sánchez continues while Arsène Wenger spent several months refusing to commit to the club.
It was only after the Gunners clinched the FA Cup that the Frenchman finally agreed to extend his stay at The Emirates for a further two years. But by that point the damage had been done.
Last season Arsenal finished outside of the top four in the Premier League for the first time in Wenger’s 21-year reign in North London.
And, in the video below, the Arsenal boss explains why he must take a large part of the blame for the Gunners’ failings last time.
However, Wenger, whether you like him of loathe him, is one of the finest minds ever to grace the Premier League.
He changed the culture of English football following his appointment in 1996 and remains an important voice to be listened to when the future of the game is discussed.
That’s why his belief that female managers will, in the not to distant future, grace the Premier League is a telling one. For all his faults, Wenger has rarely been wrong about how football will evolve.