COMMENT By Matt Farr
The future of Arsene Wenger is the talk of the land at the moment, but it still remains unclear where the Arsenal boss will be next season.
Many Arsenal fans have called for the veteran Premier League chief to quit the club at the end of the season, as their hopes of finishing in the top four lie in the balance.
However, there is also a strong possibility that Wenger could extend his stay in north London, with a two-year deal already on the table.
If Wenger were to remain at Arsenal for next season, Football Insider has revealed the three Arsenal players most likely to benefit from his extended stay.
The 20-year-old winger has become a regular in the first team under Wenger this term, but he has struggled to completely win over the fans with the quality of his performances.
One possible move for him this summer is to seek out a loan move to gain further Premier League experience, because he is not yet ready to fulfil the role of first-team regular at the Emirates.
However, if Wenger stays, he is likely to remain a key part of his plans. The Frenchman has shown great faith and great trust in Iwobi, and that is likely to continue next term.
The Nigeria international has 35 appearances in all competitions this season, scoring four goals and supplying seven assists.
The 25-year-old midfielder is another favourite of Wenger, but put any other manager in the Arsenal hotseat and he may be deemed surplus to requirements.
Coquelin had a storming time during the 2014-15 and 2015-16 campaigns, but this season he has struggled.
He has been largely ineffective as Arsenal’s defensive-shield, and Arsenal will need to find an upgrade for him in the summer if they are to achieve the success they crave.
But that looks much less likely if Wenger remains in charge.
First and foremost, Walcott has not fulfilled the sky-high potential he threatened during the early days of his career.
However, Wenger would trust him with his life.
The former Southampton man is currently in his tenth year at the Emirates, where he has scored 100 goals from 370 appearances in all competitions, and he is likely to remain a key player under Wenger, despite what others might think.
England manager Gareth Southgate, for example, chose to leave Walcott out of his recent squad for the matches with Germany and Lithuania; but Wenger would not dream of such a glaring omission.
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