After Arsene Wenger’s press conference on Friday brought plenty of headlines, the Sunday papers being another round of quotes and claims.
The most interesting of those is a two-man effort from John Richardson and Tom Hopkinson in the Sunday People. They report that Arsenal’s two main backers, Stan Kroenke and Alisher Usmanov, are battling with each other to decide Wenger’s successor. So he’s definitely going, then?
The paper claims that Kroenke and his son would like Thierry Henry to return as part of the management setup, while Usmanov favours Diego Simeone. Again, you’re assuming there that Simeone even wants the job.
Interestingly, they say that Henry has already been sounded out about a return to the Emirates.
This ‘war’ over the next manager is an odd way of phrasing it, because Kroenke will hold the ultimate sway in the decision. If he doesn’t want Simeone, they won’t get Simeone.
It takes until the tenth paragraph to get the gold:
‘Henry, who could bring Belgium and former Everton boss Roberto Martinez with him.’
Well if there was ever a reason to avoid that call.