Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is coming under increasing pressure to secure Champions League football next season as the club could take an early decision on his future, according to reports.
The Gunners missed out on Europe’s biggest club competition last season when they finished outside the Premier League’s top four positions.
Despite that, Wenger extended his deal at the Emirates Stadium by another two years with the club confident that the Frenchman could get the club back on track.
However, with 11 matches left in the Premier League season, Arsenal again find themselves outside the top four with an eight-point gap opening up between them and fourth-placed Chelsea.
And the Daily Mail claims that there is an ‘exit strategy’ in place for Wenger leaving this summer in the event that Arsenal do not qualify for the Champions League.
Their best route into the competition now could be by winning the Europa League and the report understands there are concerns at the impact another year outside the Champions League will have on revenue streams.
The Gunners hierarchy are thought to be negotiating new sponsorship deals – with Adidas and Nike apparently keen to replace Puma as the club’s kit supplier.
Both companies, however, are showing a bit of apprehension towards any deal – according to the Daily Mail – with their place in the Champions League far from secured.
The report in the Daily Mail continues by saying: “Some members of the club’s hierarchy would prefer Wenger’s future to be settled ahead of next season and there appear to be three options for the Gunners: Wenger leaving at the end of the season, confirming he will go when his deal expires in the summer of 2019, or signing yet another contract extension.”
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