According to all of the journalists on the Arsenal beat, so to speak, Arsene Wenger has decided he wants to stay at Arsenal when his contract expires in June.
Jeremy Wilson of the Telegraph, John Cross of the Mirror, David Hytner from The Guardian, and Sami Mokbel from the Mail are all reporting tonight that the manager will inform the club it’s his intention to stay and take up the two year contract on offer.
Of course much will depend on the results and performances between now and the end of the season, but it seems as if Wenger is minded to put pen to paper and to try and get this team working again.
The Gunners have lost four of the last five Premier League games, the worst run in his time at the club, and appear in danger of not making the top four and the Champions League.
However, that’s not something that appears to giving him pause for thought at this point, with some suggestions that the deal has already been signed and that the club are just waiting for the right time to announce it.
Whatever happens, it seems to put us odds with stories linking us to Thomas Tuchel, and with a trophy still to play for this season, it seems Wenger is banking on the FA Cup to give him the leverage he needs for a new contract.
After the West Brom debacle and lack of performance, it’s going to be interesting to see how the players react to this.