The Arsenal fans here in the Football Transfer Tavern are hoping that this deal might still happen…
There has been a growing sense of disillusionment amongst the Arsenal faithful here in the Football Transfer Tavern over the last few months – with many fans slowly coming around to the idea of a post-Arsene Wenger Arsenal.
The Frenchman has lead the Gunners through their most successful period, but after 20 years at the helm – the wheel of change is beginning to turn at the Emirates.
Reports emerged yesterday that the Arsenal brass were, for the first time, considering the future of Arsene Wenger as Arsenal manager.
The 66-year old’s Arsenal contract runs out at the end of the season, and our landlord thinks that trophyless season could be the final nail in the coffin for Wenger.
A report was published by the Sun yesterday that stated that Arsenal were looking towards Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe as Arsene Wenger’s long-term replacement, with Arsenal officials seriously considering a move for the 38-year old manager.
The reported move was greeted with cheers from the Arsenal faithful here in the Tavern, with many feeling that he has all the traits to succeed with the Gunners.
However, in news that will no doubt disappoint everyone related with Arsenal – any chance that the deal could go ahead has been shut down by Bournemouth chairman Jeff Mostyn.
As reported in the Daily Star, Mostyn stated: “He has made it clear that over the next two or three years hopefully we can establish ourselves as a thoroughbred Premier League side and only then would he consider moving on”
Our bar staff have interpreted that as a firm rejection.
They think that his quotes prove that Bournemouth have a long-term project in the pipeline – and Howe appears to be a crucial part of that.
However, in contrast, our landlord thinks the quote does offer some perspective for hope for the Gunners here in the Tavern.
Bournemouth have progressed very well in recent years, and Mostyn noted that Howe would “consider moving on” once Bournemouth are established.
He thinks that a short-term commitment to Wenger, followed by the succession of Howe could prove to be the perfect scenario a couple of years down the line.
Interestingly, Howe himself has also had his say on his future, and confirmed that – at least in the short term – he will remain with Bournemouth: “I am loyal. I love the town and I want to continue that association for as long as possible.”
“It’s meaningless. I don’t want to hear it. I don’t need to hear it. I just want to win games” he added.
However, he did give reason for Arsenal fans to be hopeful: “It’s very hard to predict the future.”
So he is placing his attention firmly on his time with Bournemouth, at least for the time being. Pure focus there from the Bournemouth boss.
Eddie Howe is well regarded as a top manager both within the Tavern and outside of it, having won the Football League Manager of the Decade award in 2015 for his exploits that lead Bournemouth to the Premier League.
Arsenal fans – disappointed with this news? Should the Gunners hold off until Howe is available?
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