Arsenal board dithers over Wenger future
The Sun reports that beleaguered Arsenal boss Wenger will live to fight another day at the Emirates, despite an embarrassing 3-0 defeat by Crystal Palace on Monday night, leaving them seven points shy of a top four place. In fact, they reported that he would live to see another 730, with a two year contract extension in the offing.
The newspaper reports that a director of football position will be created at the club to take transfer decisions - an area Wenger stands accused of having failed badly in - off his hands. An announcement on Wenger's future, they say, will come at the same time that the club announces who will fill the new role.
Elsewhere on Wednesday's back pages, The Daily Mail touts former Arsenal winger Marc Overmars - currently the director of football at Ajax - for the job, a move it suggests will not please Wenger.
Paper Round's view: If true, the news will enrage fans who have been calling for the departure of Wenger for several season's now. Let's not forget, Arsenal haven't won a league title since 2003-04, now and we're not even sure an FA Cup victory could save him from the fans' wrath, this time.
Wenger's refusal to move on despite the will of the fans and what we're led to believe could be a whole-sale exodus by star signings this summer is starting to look like a bizarre dictatorship, except that it's actually been sanctioned by Stan Kroenke. Meanwhile, it's hard to believe the ongoing furore isn't hugely distracting to all concerned.
Inter target Premier League bosses?
According to reports in Italy Inter Milan are hoping to lure one of the Premier League's big names to the club this summer. And no, sorry Arsenal fans, sadly Wenger is not on that list.
First on the list, says The Sun referring to reports by Gazetta dello Sport, is Chelsea manager Antonio Conte, but if that fails the club may zone in on Jose Mourinho or Pep Guardiola. That said, pretty much every manager in Europe seems to be in contention for the role.
Paper Round’s view: Conte we understand, given his incredible success story at Chelsea and let's face it, a pretty good crack in the Euros last summer with Italy's national team (despite what we might kindly call an "absence of experience" in the squad).
Guardiola, sure, he's got at least one more season before we can realistically question his managerial prowess given his record. We're not even ready to write off Mourinho, just yet, though we are intrigued as to how he's going to turn his team around.
Read the full article on eurosport.co.uk: Paper Round: Arsenal board dithers over Wenger, De Gea dithers over Real move