Having rejected approaches from Real Madrid in the past, The Express reports that Arsene Wenger is once again a target for the Spanish giants. Mourinho’s problems have been well-documented this year, and a return to Chelsea looks increasingly likely. Would the Arsenal manager be a good fit for Madrid?
Arsene Wenger would be a sensible option for Madrid. The media circus that surrounds the ‘Special One’ – alongside his tempestuous relationship with board and players alike – would be allayed with the presence of the Frenchman. There are few managers in World football that can compete with Wenger’s European experience, and while trophies have dried up in recent years, he has been hindered by the Gunners’ selling policy.
Likewise, Madrid would be an attractive destination for Wenger. They have a squad more than capable of competing for La Liga and the Champions League, and would almost certainly allow Wenger to spend in the summer after this season’s disastrous title tilt. At 63, such chances are not going to come knocking many more times.
Yet, I believe that Wenger will spurn the advances of Real. After more than 16 years at the Gunners, I don’t see Wenger moving to another club. He has become ‘institutionalised’, and is driven by the challenge of building another title-winning Arsenal side.
The loss of star players such as Samir Nasri, Alex Song, and of course Robin Van Persie, have made this crusade more unlikely, and yet more appealing. The recent renewal of Theo Walcott’s contract suggests that such sales are not going to happen again in the near future.
If Wenger wins another title – or even the illusive Champions League – with Arsenal, it will be his greatest achievement. Winning at Real Madrid is an expectation, and failure is not an option.
Despite persistent links, I see Arsene Wenger continuing to decline.