Arsenal Preparing New £8m-a-Season Deal for Wenger
Arsenal FC are purportedly readying a three-year contract extension offer for their incumbent manager Arsene Wenger that could net him £8million-a-season. (Daily Mail)
The Frenchman makes £7.5m-per-season on his existing deal, which is set to expire at the end of the ongoing season. An extension would not only increase his salary but also give him the chance to complete two decades in charge of the North London club.
Initial discussions regarding the extension took place between Wenger and chief executive Ivan Gazidis earlier in the summer, but no official progress was made. The two parties are set to utilise the upcoming international break to get all the formalities out of the way and put pen to paper.
Wenger, in recent weeks, has suggested that he wants to take a decision on his Arsenal future at the end of the season onlyafter having thoroughly evaluated his team’s performance. But the club do not want to wait until then as Paris Saint-Germain are long-time admirers of the 63-year-old, and they might want to lure him back to his homeland.
Gunners told to Forget about Reus
Borussia Dortmund chief executive Hans-Joachim Watzke has claimed that his club’s superstar and rumoured Arsenal FC transfer target Marco Reus is fully committed to the team’s cause and will not be tempted by interest from other clubs.
Die Borussen lost Mario Gotze to bitter rivals Bayern Munich in the summer, and rumour has it that the Gunners and Manchester City will try and deprive them of Reus in January. But Watzke is convinced that any potential suitors would be disappointed in their attempts to sign the Germany international.
Sport Bild have quoted Watzke as saying: “Marco feels very comfortable at Dortmund and we feel comfortable with him. He has an even closer relationship with the club and the city than Mario Gotze did and I expect him to stay.
“Marco was born here, his family live here and his whole life has always been based here. He knows that BVB is the perfect place for him. I am sure of that.”
It is believed that coach Arsene Wenger will trigger the £34million buyout clause in Reus’ contract when the transfer window re-opens early next year.
Wenger Talks about Botched Ronaldo Move
Real Madrid superstar Cristiano Ronaldo was so close to signing for Arsenal FC ten years ago that he had even been assigned a squad number at the North London club.
The revelation has been made by none other than the Gunners boss Arsene Wenger during the recording of an upcoming documentary.
Wenger recalled: “He was very close to coming here. He has a number nine shirt with Ronaldo on the back from Arsenal Football Club.”
But a deal never got finalised, and the then Manchester United assistant Carlos Queiroz stole the highly gifted Portuguese from under Wenger’s nose.
“What happened was that Carlos Queiroz went to Manchester United and they snapped him away from us because he knew him from Sporting,” Wenger said.
“That’s what life is about. You give your best but sometimes you might find that people are stronger than you. That can happen as well.”
The Frenchman then commented on the Ronaldo/Lionel Messi rivalry and explained why Gareth Bale isn’t at their level yet.
Arsenal Youngster Banned For Racism
Young Arsenal midfielder Jack Jebb has been handed a four-game suspension and a £1,800 fine after allegations of using racist language against him proved accurate.
Jebb, 18, apparently used racial slurs in a match against Norwich City last season and was later deemed to be in violation of the Football Association’s policy over this issue.
The standard penalty for the offence is a five-game ban, but since the incident took place last season, his punishment has been reduced by one.
Jebb is highly regarded at the Emirates Stadium and has even been compared with Jack Wilshere in the past.
Leeds Wanted Gnabry On Loan
Arsenal’s new starlet Serge Gnabry was a loan target for Leeds United, the Championship club’s manager Brian McDermott has revealed.
The Peacocks boss wanted to bring the 18-year-old German to Elland Road but believes the player’s goal-scoring heroics in the Gunners’ 2-1 win over Swansea City last Saturday ruined his plans.
In an interview with LeedsUnited.com, McDermott said: “You’ll always have calls for new players. That’s how it works. I made an enquiry for a couple of young players at Arsenal as well – Gnabry who scored their first goal on Saturday was one of them. I wouldn’t think they will let him out now.
“It’s a tricky situation because Premier League clubs can’t just go out and loan anyone – they want better players too if they are strengthening – so they don’t want to be left short in their own squads.”