Robert Pires believes that Arsene Wenger will sign the new contract on offer to him by the club, but also that the Arsenal manager has to change ‘many things; if he does so.
The will-he, won’t-he saga is adding to the air of uncertainty around the club, and the former Invincible seems confident that the 67 will continue.
Speaking to Cadena SER radio, he said, “In my opinion, he will renew his contract, at least for one season. He is motivated and willing.
“Arsene has an offer on the table. He has to sign it. He has the backing of the owner. The fans want to win the title and Arsenal are not doing that well. They are in the FA Cup semi-finals.
“He has to continue and if he does, he needs to change many things. That is the most important thing for him and for Arsenal.
“We will see what happens.”
Quite what changes he might make are unclear, but the addition of a Sporting/Football Director might well be one of them, and Pires has already expressed his desire to fulfil that role.
Speaking last year, he said, “I want to give back to Arsenal everything it gave me. I have become ambassador at the club. The next step would be to become a sporting director, that what I want and Arsène knows it.”
Of course results will still dictate a lot, and the Gunners need to get back to winning ways again soon, starting with Man City on Sunday.
It wouldn’t be much of a surprise if other names from the past were mentioned as part of a back-room overhaul should Wenger continue, but let’s see what happens on the pitch first.