By Dominic Toner
Arsene Wenger is set to ignore the riches of the Chinese Super League and stay in Europe if he he leaves Arsenal in the summer, according to a report.
The Daily Mail claim that the 67-year-old will reject a mega pay-day from Chinese clubs, while also ignoring the interest of cash-rich clubs in the Middle East.
It is understood that Wenger is currently assessing his options as his current Arsenal deal is set to expire at the end of the season, which has alerted a number of clubs about his availability.
The report details that the French manager would prefer to stay in one of Europe’s top leagues if he leaves the Emirates Stadium, despite the chance to earn considerably more than the £8million-per-year he is on with the Gunners in China.
Wenger has divided the opinions of the Arsenal fans for a number of years and there is a large selection who believe his time should come to an end.
The Frenchman took charge of the club in 1996, winning three Premier League titles and six FA Cups in that time.
However, the Gunners have not won the league title since the 2003/04 season and have had to be content with consistent top four places instead.
Football Insider verdict:
Wenger clearly feels he still has more to offer as a manager and is making a bold decision by ignoring China. There is a good chance that he remain with Arsenal as he loves the club, despite many people feeling he is restricting them. The recent 5-1 demolition at the hands of Bayern Munich was the final straw for some as they feel his teams keep making the same mistakes. Wenger could continue with the Gunners for the next season and keep the team challenging at the top-end of the table. However, he could still fancy one last adventure at another club in Europe and there would certainly be a number of suitors across Europe interested in his services.
In other Arsenal transfer news, they are braced for a summer onslaught as European giants eye their £13.6million outcast.