Recent results have underlined the need for major change at the club and despite not being a fan of the role, Arsene Wenger will usher in a new sporting director at the club to help build continuity when he does eventually leave.
Belatedly, the board have come to the realisation that there is no like-for-like replacement for Wenger and will move towards a two-tier system, although they remain adamant that when the Frenchman does eventually step down as manager there will be no “move upstairs” and the break will be a clean one.
Nothing is likely to be finalised this week although the board recognises how destabilising the current uncertainty is.
Arsene Wenger is set to stay at Arsenal for two more years
Arsenal have lost six of their last nine games under Arsene Wenger
Arsenal fans display banners calling for Arsene Wenger's exit
Sat, March 18, 2017
Arsenal fans raised banners calling for Arsene Wenger's exit after the Gunners lost 3-1 to West Bromwich Albion
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Arsenal fans raised banners calling for Arsene Wenger's exit at The Hawthorns
Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil will be sold out as part of a “reinvention” process that could see a huge overhaul of players at the Emirates this summer.
Arsene Wenger has denied claims he has been approached to by Paris Saint-Germain to replace their under-pressure boss Unai Emery.
"It is a false rumour,” Wenger told beIN SPORTS. “That is what you call fake news.
"I formally deny it. It is not true."
Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil will be sold
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Arsenal fans want Arsene Wenger to leave the club
After Arsenal’s 3-1 humbling at West Brom on Saturday, Wenger revealed he had made a decision on his future and would reveal it soon.
“I know what I will do," he said. "You will soon know."
Wenger has since left the UK to return to his native France for a short break, with the majority of Arsenal’s players currently on international duty.
Hector Bellerin, who signed a new deal worth around £100,000 a week last year, has pledged his loyalty to Arsenal and Wenger despite admitting he is “flattered” by interest from Barcelona.
Hector Bellerin will stay at Arsenal
“The loyalty to this person is worth more than money,” he said.
“It’s something very important to me, that he’s there carries a lot of weight for me.
“Any player would be flattered by interest from Barca, it’s the best club in the world and that is very nice.
“The fact that I grew up in the Barca academy also makes this a bit more special, although for now I’m focused on these games and on the season and the rest will come later.”