Premier League - Paper Round: 100% safe Wenger to get £55m
Mon, 20 Feb 08:57:00 2012
Despite another dark weekend for Arsenal, it would appear that Arsene Wenger will be staying at the Emirates Stadium for a while yet.
Monday's papers universally report that Wenger will receive total backing from the club's board this week despite the FA Cup defeat to Sunderland that will almost certainly condemn them to a seventh successive season without a trophy.
The Mirror claims that Arsenal's hierarchy expect Wenger to stay for at least the remaining two years of his contact, and suggest that the only way the Frenchman will leave Arsenal is if he decides to walk.
The Telegraph says that Stan Kroenke, Arsenal’s billionaire owner, will fly into London this week to tell Wenger he has his complete backing.
Kroenke is set to talk about the club's "long-term plans" with Wenger before the imminent release of the Gunners' half-yearly accounts.
"They will show profits of about £55 million. It has been made clear to Wenger that the money is available to enhance or overhaul the squad this summer," says the paper.
The Daily Mail also says that Wenger's job is "100 per cent safe" and repeats that £55m figure, saying that: "High profile names such as Mario Goetze, Lukas Podolski, Eden Hazard and Matias Suarez all feature on Wenger's shopping list."
The summation? Don't expect Wenger to disappear any time soon.
Elsewhere, and Steve Bruce has emerged as the clear front runner for the vacant Wolves job.
The Sun reports that the recently sacked ex-Sunderland boss could be installed in time to face Newcastle this Saturday.
Robbie Keane will return to the Premier League this summer unless he can cure his homesickness. The LA Galaxy striker will fly back to America next week after a month on loan at Aston Villa, during which time he has hit three goals. (The Sun)
Tottenham and PSG want Internacional striker Leandro Damiao. But the Brazilian, 22, said: "I am not aware of Paris SG. All that I know is that Tottenham have made an offer." (Daily Mail)
Andre Villas-Boas is expected to drop Fernando Torres for Chelsea's Champions League tie at Napoli after warning the striker he will not alter the team's shape or strategy to try to restore the Spaniard's form. (The Guardian)
Liverpool will take Sam Magri on trial from administration-hit Portsmouth with a view to signing the youngster. The centre-back has played for England at youth levels and went to the U17 World Cup in Mexico last summer. (Daily Mail)
And finally, West Brom boss Roy Hodgson is set to take advantage of the financial uncertainty at Nottingham Forest to swoop for Garath McCleary. (The Sun)