Is Arsene Wenger set to ditch his Arsenal dream and move to the Spanish capital?
Arsene Wenger will consider replacing Jose Mourinho at Spanish giants Real Madrid. That’s according to red top The People, who claim Wenger’s scrap to lead Arsenal into the top four this season may result in increased pressure from unhappy fans.
With Mourinho himself enduring a turbulent relationship with his employers and a move back to England supposedly imminent, Madrid are looking to the man they tried to snare from the Gunners 3 years ago. Madrid president Florentino Perez is thought to be already drawing up a list of candidates, whilst an Arsenal ‘source’ reportedly revealed,
“There is a feeling that he could move there.”
Though the theory behind today’s story seems almost plausible, and no doubt makes for good gossip, could this really happen? Would this intriguing match-up even work?
Arsene Wenger has established a long and fruitful relationship with Arsenal, dating back to his move from Japanese minnows Nagoya Grampus Eight in 1996. Since his record breaking invincible season of 2004, Wenger shifted tact and employed a more youth focused strategy, rarely entering into any big money transfer shenanigans and instead opting to stick by his inexperienced squad.
Madrid on the other hand are never too far away from big money deals, spending a combined £135 million on superstars Ronaldo and Kaka in the summer of 2009 whilst continuing to work with a high turnover of players.
Arsenal have gone to almost absurd lengths to back their man under increased scrutiny, while Perez has been less patient having axed a number of bosses regardless of their successes throughout the season. Mourinho would be the latest if he is indeed relieved of his duties at the end of the season, having already won the 2011 Copa Del Ray and establishing a 5 point lead at the summit of La Liga.
In comparison Wenger has now gone nearly 7 years without a trophy, with fans growing evermore frustrated at a lack of transfer activity. Though the Frenchman’s record is astonishing, having never finished outside of the top 4 throughout his reign, this season has provided the biggest test for his faltering philosophies.
A move to trigger happy Real would have to see somebody compromise on their principles of the game. As Perez obsesses over the dream of eclipsing the achievements of Barcelona and forming a squad of World Superstars, Wenger continues to harbour ambitions of winning silverware his own way without the ludicrous sums spent by most of the games superpowers today.
Wenger to Madrid is a rumour that has floated menacingly around the footballing landscape for years now. However, both parties have never been so far away from each other in terms of strategy.
Though moving to Spain might provide Wenger’s only realistic chance of working with Robin Van Persie next year, he will be turning his back once and for all on everything he’s strived to achieve in those 7 baron seasons.
As Arsenal fans bemoan their club’s cautious financial approach, imagine their faces should Wenger be knocking on their door come June, asking to take their Dutch talisman with him for a sum of £50 million.
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