There has been a lot of speculation about Arsene Wenger’s future at Arsenal FC, but former Gunners midfielder Gilberto Silva believes that the Frenchman still has quite a few years left at the North London club.
Wenger, whose current contract runs out in the summer of 2017, has indicated earlier this season that this may be his last term at Arsenal, but there is yet to be a confirmation that the Frenchman is going to leave the club. This has given to widespread speculation about his future.
Howevers, Gilberto Silva feels that 2017 would not be the end of Wenger’s reign at Arsenal, and that the 66-year-old can still go on at the helm of affairs at the club.
“We never know what Arsene will do. Every time his contract comes to an end we think this will be his last season,” Silva was quoted as saying by 888Sport. “He loves the club and being on the field, doing what he does best which is thinking about football. I think he will last for as long as he can and for as long as he’s happy.
“Arsene has been under pressure for quite a long time. It has not been easy for him because for many people when they look at the Premier League they look back at the successful seasons,” Silva further continued. “He has tried to do the best that he can in the past few years and people must believe in what he is doing. Of course the fans expect to win titles and winning the Premier League will relieve the pressure. More than any player he is essential to that.”
Leicester game to be baptism by fire for Gunners
Wenger would be desperately wanting to win the Premier League this season, but his side will have to beat table toppers Leicester City, in order to give themselves a chance of winning the league. Leicester are five points clear at the top of the Premier League right now, and any more dropped points by the Gunners could spell disaster for their title challenge this season.
Jamie Vardy would be the key to Leicester’s success in the match, and the 29-year-old England forward would be looking to use the lack of pace of Arsenal’s German centre-back Per Mertesacker to his advantage during the game. However, Mertesacker could cancel out that advantage to some extent by playing on the left side, making it more difficult for Vardy to hammer in the shots at goal with his weaker left foot.