Longtime Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger announced Sunday that he will remain with the club, and not flee for Monaco, following the Gunners' 2-0 victory over Norwich City.
John Cross of the Daily Mirror reported what Wenger had to say regarding the rumour:
#afc Arsene Wenger reiterates once again that he'll be in charge next season and, on Monaco reports, said: "I wish Monaco luck."— John Cross (@johncrossmirror) May 11, 2014
#afc Wenger said: "Yes, I wish Monaco well, but there is no interest there."— John Cross (@johncrossmirror) May 11, 2014
The win on Sunday at Carrow Road ensured Arsenal would have their spot in the 2014-15 UEFA Champions League, as they locked up a fourth-place finish in the English Premier League table for the season.
Bleacher Report UK referenced where the rumoured offer from Monaco came from:
Monaco is a member of France's Ligue 1 and placed second in the standings for the 2013-14 campaign. While the fresh opportunity had to be enticing for Wenger to perhaps get closer to a league trophy, he has made a home with the Gunners since taking over as boss in 1996.
Even with a traditionally conservative approach to the transfer window, Wenger has made the most of the talent at his disposal, and replacing him would have threatened stability in the organisation. It also wouldn't have made sense based on his philosophy toward personnel that has frustrated fans at times but has ultimately built sustainable, long-term success.
Football journalist Rafael Hernandez hinted at that in his take on Monaco's interest in Wenger:
Wenger always hating on the rich clubs like Chelsea and Manchester City, I don't believe he'll suddenly go to the newest new rich Monaco.— Rafael Hernández (@RafaelH117) May 9, 2014
The nucleus in place at the Emirates reigned superior in the EPL to begin the season before injuries derailed their bid for the title, so Wenger had the pieces in place to be a legitimate contender.
Is Arsene Wenger right to stay at Arsenal?
Walking away from that would have been difficult for both him and the fanbase to fathom after the early success, then the late rally to get into the Champions League, in which Arsenal won their final five league matches.
Wenger seems to do just enough to keep his job intact on an annual basis, but he deserves the benefit of the doubt. In staying with the Gunners instead of fleeing for a high-priced club, he is proving his loyalty and reaffirming the belief he has in the players at hand to truly threaten for the EPL title next season.
Although the last league trophy came in 2003-04, there is still a strong enough resume for Wenger to justify his stay in Holloway. As long as the likes of Theo Walcott and the other Arsenal stars can come back healthy for the upcoming season, they should challenge for the top spot in the table. Never has Wenger led the club to worse than fourth in the EPL, so the Gunners should be pleased that he's decided to stay.