Following Arsenal’s lackluster, listless performance in Sunday’s 3-0 defeat to Manchester City in the Carabao Cup final, John Cross of the Daily Mirror is reporting that manager Arsene Wenger’s position will be reviewed within the club at the end of this season.
Cross also reports that it is believed that Manchester City assistant coach and former Arsenal captain Mikel Arteta, along with Germany National Team manager Joachim Low, former Liverpool boss and current Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers, and Monaco manager Leonardo Jardim are the four likely candidates rumored to head the list of potential successors with the club at the moment. Rumored to be a future board member, Josh Kroenke, son of majority shareholder Stan Kroenke, has assumed an increased, active role at the club, having been at the club’s offices and training ground much more frequently as of late, leading to increased speculation that his presence - very much outside the norm for the Kroenke’s - is not without reason.
Arsenal have, without question, had a poor season by all measures held by supporters and observers. They’ve already lost 12 matches this season - as many defeats suffered all last season, a campaign that was already deemed poor by most - and there doesn’t appear to be confidence within the gatekeepers of the club that Wenger, on contract through the end of 2019, is capable of continuing as-is. At least, not without a few serious conversations.
It’s only late February, so there will be more than a few twists and turns to this ongoing and played-out saga. But for now, this is definitely something to continue following.