Considering the fact that Arsene Wenger is one of the most successful French managers, it’s no surprise to see speculation linking him with the position of national team manager. However, Wenger has moved to quickly distance himself from such reports, stating that he is more than happy to remain at the Emirates Stadium and continue his contract.
Even though he has completely turned around the France national team over the past few years, it was announced several days ago that Laurent Blanc’s contract would not be renewed. This decision came following France’s quarter-final exit to Spain, meaning that the French are once again set to embark on a new era.
However, Wenger claims that he is far too busy with Arsenal to even be considered for the job. Speaking to Telefoot, he said, “There are a lot of names. But me, I will be very busy with Arsenal where my contract still runs for two years.”
With Wenger now ruling himself out of the position, it is widely thought that former Marseille coach Didier Deschamps is the front runner. Considering the progress Wenger has orchestrated at Arsenal over his tenure, it is certainly no surprise to see his name linked.
However, there were several worries that the former Monaco boss could be lured away from the Emirates Stadium, especially after coming under pressure over the last couple of years following a struggle to win trophies. In fact, with the Gunners’ last competition victory coming all the way back in 2005, a small section of supporters were even calling for a change midway through last season.
However, in general most Arsenal supporters will be very happy that Wenger has pledged his alliance to the club. While the last few years have been barren, there are now high expectations following a proactive summer in the transfer market.