Arsene Wenger’s future hangs in the balance

After over two decades as the coach of Arsenal, Arsene Wenger might not be the team's coach next season

Although the team has not taken a decision to replace the coach who has been with the club for the past 20 years, questions over whether he will be at Arsenal next season have been raised.

The Telegraph‘s Deputy Football Correspondent, Jeremy Wilson, described the thrashing of the gunners by Bayern Munich during a Champions League match on Wednesday as the lowest point of Wenger’s career as the team’s manager. Arsenal suffered an embarrassing defeat on Wednesday when they lost 5-1 against German side Bayern Munich.

The 67-year-old coach is yet to make a decision on whether he will step down or stay at the club.  Speaking before the match between his team and Bayern Munich, Wenger said a decision on his future with Arsenal will be decided towards the end of the season,” The Telegraph reports.

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Even though some fans have expressed their disgruntlement over Wenger’s performance at the club, the club’s owner, Stan Kroenke, seems to be in support of Wenger and wants the decision to come from the coach.

In an interview with The Telegraph, Kroenke alluded to the fact that he wanted Wenger to stay at the club. With the sport being so competitive,  Kroenke believes that Wenger has always managed to ensure that the team is always at the top of the league.

“One of the main reasons we got involved is the values and traditions of the club and no one has represented them better than Arsene,” Kroenke said.

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Although fans will only know towards the end of the season whether Wenger will continue his tenure with the club, a succession plan has been put in place by the club. Some of the names which have been put up for consideration are Thomas Tuchel, Massimiliano Allegri, Eddie Howe and Leonardo Jardim.

The decision to replace Wenger will also depend on how well the club does this season, should the team’s performance improve, there is a possibility of the club giving Wenger another two-year contract.