Report: Board to sanction new Wenger deal

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After Arsene Wenger noticeably softened his stance on the possibility of working with an addition to the Arsenal structural hierarchy, both the Telegraph’s Jeremy Wilson and Mirror’s John Cross write that the Gunners board are finally ready to sign off on a new two-year contract extension for the Frenchman.

Last week, the boss spoke dismissively about working with a director of football only to tone down his comments in yesterday’s press conference stating he is “always open to things that improve the quality and future of the club”.

His comments were made with particular reference to his past working relationship with former vice-chairman David Dein, who fulfilled many of the duties commonly associated with the position.

It remains to be seen whether the club are indeed interested in making an appointment that sits between the manager and the board. If they do the Telegraph claim Wenger has been assured that “the position will not cut across his core first-team work”.

Wilson’s piece adds, “the new role that is being envisaged would offer coordinated support across all off-field football operations, including analytics, scouting, sports science, youth development and even simply logistics, rather than shape actual day-to-day aspects of coaching or team selection.”

The Mirror consolidates that view stating, “the new set-up would see the creation of a role overseeing contracts, logistics and even pooling together medical information to streamline support for Wenger, although it is highly unlikely to be a high-profile appointment — and would not be a director of football.”

Someone at the Emirates obviously knows how to do Skype conference calls.

Any announcement on Wenger’s future will likely come after a board meeting set for early June. By that point, we’ll know if we’re reigning FA Cup holders and Champions League contenders or Europa League chumps still digesting Wembley heartbreak.

As if that wasn’t enough drama, we’re now faced with an ownership tussle after Stan Kroenke rejected an offer from Alisher Usmanov to take over the club.

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EDgooner4ever
EDgooner4ever
3 years ago

Good!

Too Drunk To Be Offside
Too Drunk To Be Offside
3 years ago
Reply to  EDgooner4ever

Arsenal are not a football club. Arsenal is a business. The board and Kroenke don’t want trophies, just a good balance sheet. All that any business wants is $$$ and its the fans’ $$$ that this setup is sucking up. They will throw in a few bromides about how the club wants to win trophies and blah blah of that sort every now and then, but all they really care about is that you pay through your nose for the tickets, buy the merchandise and generally contribute to making them richer with YOUR money. The board laughs at the fans… Read more »

Various_Hits
Various_Hits
3 years ago

Thumb Up if you had to google ‘Bromide’ after reading the above post. I know I had to look it up. 😀

Badaab
Badaab
3 years ago

In the past, I’ve canceled trips from the US to the UK purely because I was jaded with the lack of ambition shown by Arsenal. Now I’m just apathetic to it all. If Stan and his ilk want my money- they’ll try harder with the footballing aspect of the club and focus less on the balance sheet. I know I’m hardly alone in this.

SG_Gooner
SG_Gooner
3 years ago

Im watching online streaming, refusing to pay the exorbitant TV fees which will eventually route to yankee musthachio’s 3mil dividend collection.

Goonerest
Goonerest
3 years ago

The backlash when he finally “signs da ting” is gonna be epic (not in a good sense of the word)

Mr. G
Mr. G
3 years ago
Reply to  Goonerest

Precisely. Why would they sanction two more years of the same drudgery? (Rhetorical question, don’t answer because we all know).

So next season’s going to be pretty much the same as the last decade, except we’ll be knocked out of the Europa League Round of 16 instead.

H2k
H2k
3 years ago
Reply to  Mr. G

However big you consider the fanbase that is “Wenger Out,” be it 1%, 10%, 50% or more, what is apparent is the media has latched on, and will not let this go. If Wenger signs on for another 2 years, you know the media is going to keep the same tone. And while it hurts as a fan to see the team struggle, it hurts just as much if not more to be ridiculed by other fans with the “we want you to stay” chants, and the “Wenger Out” signs that are appearing all across the world from WWE to… Read more »

ramgooner
ramgooner
3 years ago
Reply to  H2k

The only WOW move is splashing the cash and signing a player who’ll keep you on the edge of your seat.
The last time we spent that kind of money we won our first trophy in a loooong time.
I hope we get one of M’bappe, Griezmann Muller or Modric.

Cagooner
Cagooner
3 years ago
Reply to  ramgooner

I don’t care about the players (other than Alexis). We have a fine squad that almost any other manager in the Premier League would have got into top 4. Maybe win. The issue is that the manager is past his prime and has been usurped by the next generation like Pep, Klopp, Conte and even Poch. Time for manager change. Simple as that.

Glocken
Glocken
3 years ago
Reply to  ramgooner

A) I don’t think we can attract these players

B) It really doesn’t matter who we buy/sell if we have the same manager & coaches in charge, whoever comes in will be ‘arsenalised’ and ruined by Wenger.

Sachin
Sachin
3 years ago
Reply to  Goonerest

Will planes be involved? Will John C and Spinner self-combust?

clins
clins
3 years ago
Reply to  Goonerest

the truth is nothing is going to happen . apart from a few active fans who will protest against this, majority will still be applauding this mediocrity and wenger. it hurts but its the truth , its sad to see that our club has come to this and still there are people still feeling arsenal is somehow goiing to bounceright back with the same manager and outdated tactics.

Cagooner
Cagooner
3 years ago
Reply to  clins

1000% agree.

Haphazard
Haphazard
3 years ago

so 2 more years of embarrassment and not winning the league. Fantastic

Cdm995
Cdm995
3 years ago
Reply to  Haphazard

I don’t think he can take us forward any more, but I have even less faith in the board to sign the right replacement. Everyone hoping for Simeone would be better off looking at someone like Bob Bradley. Wengers replacement (whenever that is) is not gonna be who we hope it will be as long as Kroenke and co. are in charge.

G10
G10
3 years ago

Probably a good solution all round. Someone who can come in and help Arsene but also start a succession plan for the long run and gradually get more power over time as the next manager (whenever that eventually may be) would unlikely to have the level of control & input Arsene has.

Hell even if its just someone who negotiates contracts with players already at the club would be a step forward, no more important players getting to one year left would be a massive difference.

Atom
Atom
3 years ago
Reply to  G10

Honestly it really depends on whether Wenger is willing to cede any control at all. Dein was an equal to Wenger in a lot of ways vs. this hire who likely could just be a glorified version of Dick Law baring Wenger allowing him any actual decision making capability.

scytheavatar
scytheavatar
3 years ago
Reply to  G10

It’s a terrible solution, why the freak would a Michael Zorc or a Antonio Cordon want to give up the power they already have in their club to join us and become a Yes man for Wenger? Wenger has become Robert Mugabe, a “succession plan” is only possible when Wenger is kicked out of the club because he WILL not tolerate anyone taking power away from him.

midgunner
midgunner
3 years ago

Could it be that the board’s and Wenger’s reticence is down to the ownership battle? It could well have been an issue some time behind the scenes at the club.

Does anyone know who these ‘other parties’ are that are apparently interested in the club?

Wenger\'s Pony
Wenger\'s Pony
3 years ago
Reply to  midgunner

Usmanov just wants to sell and leave. Is basically asking Stan to buy his shares. Other parties: others who showed interest in buying his stake.

Noon Gunner
Noon Gunner
3 years ago
Reply to  midgunner

Do you remember in September last the Nigerian cement magnate Aliko Dangote announced he was planning to buy the club, but just wasn’t quite ready? That was quite a statement, and he may be in some sort of contact with the board.

midgunner
midgunner
3 years ago
Reply to  Noon Gunner

Thanks, I’ll look him up.

He can’t have a worse profile than Usmanov anyway!

IndieGooner
IndieGooner
3 years ago
Reply to  Noon Gunner

Is he a Nigerian cement prince?

Third Plebeian
Third Plebeian
3 years ago
Reply to  IndieGooner

Yeah, doesn’t have quite the same ring to it as “oil baron.”

Concrete Earl?
Cement Lord?
Gravel God?

ramgooner
ramgooner
3 years ago
Reply to  Third Plebeian

How about Barron Trump?

I\'m Professor Ignorance, on that subject
I\'m Professor Ignorance, on that subject
3 years ago
Reply to  Third Plebeian

Marquee of Mixation
Tarmac Tyrant
Autobahn Autocrat

btw
btw
3 years ago

Autobahn autocrat.
Love it.

Sachin
Sachin
3 years ago
Reply to  midgunner

Since they haven’t been named I’m guessing chances are less it’s Jay-Z and Beyonce …and more that it’s some despot from South East Asia / Gulf.

Ickenhamgooner
Ickenhamgooner
3 years ago

Sadly the off field ownership situation is much more exciting the the football itself.

Sachin
Sachin
3 years ago
Reply to  Ickenhamgooner

Sorry boss but I for one will take a crazy Coq star jump over Usmanov’s fat mug any day.

Wenger\'s Pony
Wenger\'s Pony
3 years ago

From whatever is reported: can’t really call it change. Not good enough.

Original Paul
Original Paul
3 years ago

Will Wenger confirm this when asked I wonder?

Patrik Ljungberg
Patrik Ljungberg
3 years ago
Reply to  Original Paul

That’s an original question, Paul.

Original Paul
Original Paul
3 years ago

Will Wenger confirm this when asked I wonder?

Patrik Ljungberg
Patrik Ljungberg
3 years ago
Reply to  Original Paul

That wasn’t very original.

Original Paul
Original Paul
3 years ago

🙂

Original Paul
Original Paul
3 years ago
Reply to  Original Paul

I can only apologise to the thumb downers for having the audacity to put a smiley face on here to acknowledge that Pat’s second “original” joke was funny.
S/F 🙁

Kwame Ampadu Down
Kwame Ampadu Down
3 years ago

There’s no news here. Arsene was always going to stay. I’ve never quite understood why anyone felt the need to debate whether he would or not.
Whether he should or not, that’s a debate worth having…

Dan
Dan
3 years ago

I think that debate has been done to death over the last couple of months!

Sachin
Sachin
3 years ago
Reply to  Dan

And a lotta good it’s done…

BromleyGooner
BromleyGooner
3 years ago
Reply to  Dan

We can debate all we want on the “should” but the truth is our views appear to be irrelevant

Anonymarse
Anonymarse
3 years ago

Can’t be bothered any more tbh

Lord Nicki B
Lord Nicki B
3 years ago

Tune in next season where we’ll be back with *Bigger planes and banners *Wenger Out posters printed on Letter sized sheets, not A4 *More opening day losses and preseason victories *Even later deadline day deals *Theo Walcott will give away the ball twice as much *Ramsey will do even more pirouettes *And if you were wondering of any lack of drama, fret not, for the mid season collapse with now happen TWICE, where we collapse both in the league and Europa league *More dives against us, and retrospective punishment for Alexis who didn’t actually dive, but went home with a… Read more »

Martin
Martin
3 years ago
Reply to  Lord Nicki B

How many losses can we have on the opening day ?

Benriz
Benriz
3 years ago
Reply to  Lord Nicki B

Pretty funny to be fair!

greg
greg
3 years ago

Fucking shock horror

Spineless twats

Sachin
Sachin
3 years ago
Reply to  greg

Ah. A fellow gunner who likes haiku!

Mark
Mark
3 years ago

Board to sanction more profitable mediocrity… Shock

Glocken
Glocken
3 years ago

Disgraceful but unsurprising decision. Wenger has done nothing to justify a new deal this year. He can’t even claim to have helped Stan get wealthier as dropping out of the champions league is going to cost 50 million, only the BT/Sky TV money is going to help with the shortful there. We have important players who have less than a year left on the their contracts and will have to be sold if they decline to sign new deals. Has any player aside Ozil or Sanchez been offered a deal? Doesn’t seem like it. The whole club from the football… Read more »

Donald\'s Trump
Donald\'s Trump
3 years ago
Reply to  Glocken

Don’t you know Wenger built the stadium with his own hands brick by brick and is the only arsenal manager to ever win anything.

Once he went for a shit and statues of Henry and Bergkamp came out, whom of course had no talent at all and Wenger just winked at them and made them great.

papergooner
papergooner
3 years ago

I can now see when sarcasm can be annoying.

London
London
3 years ago

I’m sorry but this is a f****** charade.
It had been decided he was going to be the manager months ago.
They didn’t want to announce it because the club was in disarray. Now they want to act like the FA cup and a discussion is going to take place before a contract is signed. Complete bull.

Stop treating the fans like we are little children with no common sense or intelligence. This club is starting to really aggravate me.

Gloryhunter
Gloryhunter
3 years ago

If Wenger gets a new contract but we can’t Alexis, Ozil & the Ox to extend their contracts. Then that says it all

locksley444
locksley444
3 years ago
Reply to  Gloryhunter

The signals from Alexis about how Wenger gave us the stadium and his gestures on the pitch after scoring make it seem like he’s signed a contract already. That’s their LANS announcement before they ask for season ticket renewal. Maybe they’ll announce that and Sead kolasinac’s signing together and have someone speak about the new guy’s qualities. Won’t be shocked if nothing else happens on the transfer front. Not ruling it out, just won’t be shocked. My predictions on what other clubs will do to strengthen. United will get Griezmann or similar and Virgil van Dijk/that Burnley guy Keane. Chelsea… Read more »

Alexisshorts
Alexisshorts
3 years ago

Utterly depressing. We can’t move forward with Kroenke and Wenger. The owner loves Arsène and won’t sack him. And Wenger won’t resign. Is there another club in the world that would allow this stasis?

Matt
Matt
3 years ago
Reply to  Alexisshorts

Imagine Wenger at places like Inter, Chelsea, City, Real……he wouldn’t have lasted much; only here……….sickening

kaius
kaius
3 years ago
Reply to  Matt

Out of those four, three have excellent managers with the exception of Inter. They’re looking at either Simeone or Jardim, two managers who made the Champions League semis. Probably the two most-attainable managers out there and we’re probably going to ignore them for Groundhog Day season 21.

Sachin
Sachin
3 years ago
Reply to  kaius

I get how everyone here is more depressed today… but… even if Wenger extends, there will always be good talent. It’s not like Jardim and Simeone are getting married… and even those things don’t last you know. Plenty of fish in the sea today and tomorrow.

kaius
kaius
3 years ago
Reply to  Sachin

Sounds suspiciously like something one of our board members or owner would say.

Sachin
Sachin
3 years ago
Reply to  kaius

Should I be flattered?? Our board members sure look rich and privileged.

kaius
kaius
3 years ago
Reply to  Sachin

Rich, privileged, near-capacity crowds at the stadium and new TV deal cash flooding into the league. Why worry about things like trophies? Or the fact that guys like Koscielny, Cech, Giroud and Ozil don’t have many years left at the top of their game?

When it comes to making money, we ditch Highbury for a bigger stadium. When it comes to improving the team’s performances, oh well, plenty of fish in the sea today and tomorrow.

Perfectly sums up the mediocrity that’s crept into our club.

crazy gunner
crazy gunner
3 years ago

The bottomline is wenger wants the board to appoint another yes man he will sign da ting to give the impression of a shake up and life will continue as before as soon as seasons ticket are renewed its the same ole trick but just with a bit more invention this season..yawn

Matt
Matt
3 years ago

Fine, 2 more seasons of mediocrity and celebration of top 4 as a great achievement. The worst thing is that most fans are happy with this…

Sachin
Sachin
3 years ago
Reply to  Matt

Or perhaps that two seasons won’t be mediocre (mediocre is west ham), maybe they will be a lot better and we will do better than we have in a decade. And that worst thing is that some fans aren’t doing anything to effect real positivity from the club at any level.

clins
clins
3 years ago
Reply to  Sachin

yeah , with the same board and with the same manager who just wont quit and taking this club lower and lower , this club will be a lot better after two years…what are you smoking there

Jake
Jake
3 years ago

Next Manager should be Bergkamp (travel taken into considerations)
With Bobby as Chief Scout

Goonie
Goonie
3 years ago

If the club hires someone to fulfil duties Dein carried out when things were going well, how is this a bad thing? I’d rather this than a Comolli who sanctions a move for Andy Carroll.

PFo
PFo
3 years ago
Reply to  Goonie

Yeah, though I think it would be helpful if the person had SOME football related powers–not picking/training the team of course, and not having the last word on who we sign, but also more than just “overseeing medical, contracts, logistics, blah blah blah.” Those things are important, but presumably Gazidis and Law, whatever you think of them, do quite a bit of that already. I’d prefer a sporting director, who actually sat down with AW and helped him create a better strategy for the transfer windows. If AW says, “I want this guy, not that guy,” then fine, he should… Read more »

SR94Uk
SR94Uk
3 years ago
Reply to  PFo

Innovative way to apply for the role.

crazy gunner
crazy gunner
3 years ago

If you really believe that because a couple of fans carry some placards and banners on the streets Kroenke will sell up and run back to the US you are sadly mistaken.. Go ask the St Louis Rams fans..Kroenke doesn’t give a shit.. Arsenal Plc is a cash cow that’s all that sadly matters.. He will only sell up if there is a threat of the club will losing a substantial amount of its value Getting rid of Kroenke is going to be the toughest challenge facing this club…we are still struggling and haven’t gotten far with Wenger and that… Read more »

arsenalista
arsenalista
3 years ago
Reply to  crazy gunner

Agreed. But I hope we can also agree that Usmanov is not the answer. His shadiness is of epic proportions and any titles would come with a Chelski and City like asterisk. But finding someway to get Stan Stasis out is the only way this club turns around.

Donald\'s Trump
Donald\'s Trump
3 years ago
Reply to  arsenalista

An asterisk oh my god!!!!

Alexstratz
Alexstratz
3 years ago

If we lose the FA Cup and don’t get top 4, then we are literally awarding failure. Then imagine if we lose Sanchez in the summer. Imagine the image of the club.

kaius
kaius
3 years ago

Wenger was right to be annoyed by the Director of Football talk. It’s a cop-out, a capitulation, and a scam.

A competent Board either shows full confidence in a manager’s ability and let’s him do it his way, or replaces him and implements a new structure for a new manager to work in.

Jammy
Jammy
3 years ago

Makes sense they’d announce it between the season ending at the FA Cup final as I’m sure they know it won’t go down well, even if we do scrape in to the top 4. The talk of the cup final may take a bit of the attention away from the contract extension. But this is no surprise. I think we’ve all known for a while now he’d sign a new deal. I’m not happy about it, but at least once it’s done we can stop talking about it. Hopefully once it’s official we can just get on with supporting Arsenal… Read more »

Clock-End Mike
Clock-End Mike
3 years ago
Reply to  Jammy

“… they’ve largely disappointed”? Holding? Xhaka? Mustafi? Lucas?
Overall, I’m not disappointed with the performances of any of them. For a first season, they’ve settled in well. Xhaka is finding (and keeping!) his feet and deserves to be first choice in midfield at the moment, Mustafi has had a few howlers, but has been pretty solid most of the time, Holding looks like one to keep, and even Lucas, behind others in the striking line-up, has had a few good games.
I think last summer went pretty well, all things considered.

Gunnerinsearchoftruth
Gunnerinsearchoftruth
3 years ago

Hahahaha this is awesomely hilarious. Let’s hire Arsene an administrator, that changes nothing, and sign him to a new two year deal. This is better than watching tv. You seriously can’t write this stuff. But in all seriousness, did anyone actually think they were going to change anything? You could see this coming a mile away. Why change when it is all designed to get exactly what they want from us, open wallets and negative emotions. I bet we still find a way to make into the top four, maybe we win the fa cup but realistically if we get… Read more »

Lord Bendnter
Lord Bendnter
3 years ago

Waiting for: “Report: Wenger to sanction new Board”

Joe
Joe
3 years ago

Wenger’s biggest weakness is as a tactician or first team coach, so it’s completely understandable this board would want to make him do more in the area where he adds the least value. The decision making within this organisation is staggering.

Sachin
Sachin
3 years ago
Reply to  Joe

Honest question. What do you think the rest of the staff do? We’ve heard allegations of how Arsenal don’t do video or defensive drills. So if it’s just an anxious pat on the back from Wenger (as many inanely allege) before every game, wtf are the rest of the people doing? Eating snacks on the bench… er..?

PFo
PFo
3 years ago
Reply to  Joe

Agree with Sachin. And though I’ve often bemoaned Wenger’s tactical shortcomings, I don’t think they’re as horrible as some make out–he’s just very idiosyncratic, and some of that has helped him quite a bit over the years, like keeping his instructions simple (plenty of managers shout a lot from the bench, to no avail), not changing a winning team as much as possible, etc. But increasingly, especially against this new breed of hyper-organized manager, his quirks are hurting more than they’re helping. But he’s unlikely to change too radically (he showed with the switch to 3-4-3 that he’s not completely… Read more »

Sachin
Sachin
3 years ago
Reply to  PFo

I don’t know about you but let out a guttural yeah when I saw Kolasinac’s best of on YouTube. Tall, strong and combative. Some beasts instead of our regular pixies would help change the mentality of this team in a big way. A hat tip to Holding for fucking up that orc’s hip/shoulder/ego. Best thing about this sorry season for me.

Joe
Joe
3 years ago
Reply to  PFo

Yeah I don’t think he’s horrible at his job but doesn’t add much value unlike Poch or Conte. His shortcomings are shown when pitted against similar level squads and the new tactical breed of manager. His record against those teams is poor. This is the level we have to compete at if we want to win things. The change of formation was out of desperation more than any insight it seemed. I think shouting instructions speaks to some sort of plan rather than with us, when Wenger watches more like a fan who has can have little impact on what’s… Read more »

Benriz
Benriz
3 years ago
Reply to  PFo

I’d agree with most of that. I think transfer policy is what has hurt us the most in recent years. I also find AW’s lack of any plan B and utterly confusing substitutions at times incredibly annoying though. I also find it odd when players just aren’t used enough a la Lucas this season.

OxdaFox
OxdaFox
3 years ago

I just hope we join the other winners and use the current model for success. Let’s get purchased by some dark overlord oligarch wanting to blend in and appear to be a normal citizen of the world vs a criminal. Then we can win a trophy or 2, tell him how great he is for saving us and just be fleeced like the other sheeple who think this is the model for ” success ” . If you object to geopolitical and socioeconomical issues creeping into sport…go root for Chelsea. PS…You wanted Wenger to be more tactically astute, change his… Read more »

Sachin
Sachin
3 years ago
Reply to  OxdaFox

Some people believe the likes of Savage and Jamie Redknapp that Arsene is done. And they are tired of him being around while the club has stagnated. He is a good hate figure because he doesn’t make a fool of himself even when his team is comically inept. They can’t handle how isn’t he erupting like Jose. They mistake egotism for passion and restraint for weakness. Wenger may not be the best option for this club but he is no way as bad a choice to run this team as some would have you believe.

Faisal Narrage
Faisal Narrage
3 years ago
Reply to  Sachin

You always talk delusional crap.

At least this time you kept it to under 1k words.

Sachin
Sachin
3 years ago
Reply to  Faisal Narrage

Hmm. And how are your kids coming along?

Faisal Narrage
Faisal Narrage
3 years ago
Reply to  OxdaFox

Err not meeting his objectives?
And lol at tactical astute changes. We still got obliterated by Spurs. And making changes in March has been part of the arsenal narrative for a few years now.

And lol at getting fleeced by an oligarch. As if were not getting fleeced now. But people like you are why things will never change.

Sachin
Sachin
3 years ago
Reply to  Faisal Narrage

People like you who are grown up (am I wrong?) and go lol is why you won’t ever be taken seriously.

kaius
kaius
3 years ago
Reply to  Sachin

It’s been ugly having to watch or listen to fools like Savage or Redknapp disrespecting Wenger’s legacy. He deserves better than that. But those two are not the barometers for how Arsenal fans judge success and it’s very condescending that you bring them up to discredit Arsenal fans with a different point of view – it’s actually a very childish tactic. Some of us watched the 10-2 loss to Bayern during a blizzard of other bad results and accepted the ugly truth. What’s odd is you acknowledge that “Wenger may not the be the best option for this club…”. Amongst… Read more »

Faisal Narrage
Faisal Narrage
3 years ago
Reply to  Sachin

Lol

Gunnerinsearchoftruth
Gunnerinsearchoftruth
3 years ago
Reply to  Faisal Narrage

Faisal, why even engage with Sachin. It’s clear that no matter what is said he will respond with personal insults and some variation of the company line. There are plenty of examples of companies paying people to go on message boards to counter view points that are negative or counter to what the company wants to hear (ie the true reality of the situation). Just put Sachin in this category, ignore his ridiculous
assertions and move on with your day.

Faisal Narrage
Faisal Narrage
3 years ago

You’re quite right indeed.

Ifykom
Ifykom
3 years ago

The board are a bunch of blind men sanctioning a deal for Wenger, why can’t they see that we need a fresh breath, can’t they see that both Kroenke and Wenger are suffocating us(the fans) we are tired of them both. Kroenke pls sell off your holdings to Usmanov, Wenger you have long overstayed and has no different thing to offer. Just leave . We deserve something new. A new beginning and a new hope under a new manager and a more Ambitious owner. Sanctioning a new deal is of no interest to the clubs future nor fans happiness. A… Read more »

DanishGooner
DanishGooner
3 years ago

Ok..I am open to the idea…

Atom
Atom
3 years ago

Not that Wenger staying should really be a surprise to anyone at this point but what I find frustrating about the situation is we really won’t be in any better shape when he actually leaves that we are now. Given he has repeatedly said that he will not tolerate anyone other than himself making football related decisions – the new role really will be little more than a glorified Dick Law. No qualified person will want to step into this situation as they won’t have any real control.

santori
santori
3 years ago

I don’t think he is ‘softening his stance’. Proviso he gets sufficient ‘mandate’ to carry on (which is either of winning the FA cup or qualify for 4th), he will likely sign for one more transitional season. Why do we need a Director of Football for Wenger again? …he has had NO problems recruiting the likes of Ozil or Alexis with Dick Law. He has brought in the likes of Holding without the help of Dick Law. He has improved players like Monreal, Koscielny all sourced at relatively low prices, he has found gems in cech and Santi (the later… Read more »

bazza_wicks
bazza_wicks
3 years ago

im not sure Wenger or the club can pull the rabbit out of the hat anymore, unless we win the league in the next 2 years he’s legacy and the clubs will come crashing down,we will no longer be an attractive club wether sponsors or players coming in
or both leaving, it will be so detremental for all concerned the journo’s are gonna hound him big time every mistake will be escalated he will need skin of an armadillo to survive so another 2 years on bread and dripping & prozak great…………

Original Paul
Original Paul
3 years ago

Imo the players and the fans need acknowledgement. I found this on the Harvard Business School site:

Dr. Thomas de Zengotita, a media anthropologist and author of Mediated, believes that acknowledgement – our need for validation and empathy from others – is one of our most vital needs. “All mammals want attention,” he told me. “Only human beings need acknowledgment.” Key to this is a sense of belonging to a community that cares about us. Create that feeling for anyone whose attention you’d like to capture, and they’ll repay you.

Pete
Pete
3 years ago

Looks like I made the right decision when I turned down a season ticket for next season. I work much too hard to throw it into the gaping chasm of a project to nowhere. Good luck Arsenal, I can’t bear to watch you continue with your self-harming.

Gooner
Gooner
3 years ago

Two more years confirmed with no league titles and embarrassing defeats.

keewhan
keewhan
3 years ago

maybe david dein is coming back? wenger says he has no plan on working with someone….then the fella that Dein sold his shares launches a bid to take over the club…then all of the sudden Wenger softens his stance on the whole thing and the club are preparing a deal and he will work with someone.. Dein has his cake amd eats it by having his cash and a foot back in tbe door…Usmanov gets an ally in an official role until some later date when he can bid again…Wenger gets his buddy back…Kronke keeps ownership and stays silent…just a… Read more »

Kake
Kake
3 years ago

I’m really dreading when we’re in the exact same situation in two years time. But now featuring a sporting director!
How are we going to be excited about the next two years anyway. We’re even losing to spu*s and we are going to play Europa league.
The biggest change we’ll get in the next year’s under Wenger is that he is going to talk about top 6, rather than top 4. Just wait and see

Djini
Djini
3 years ago

I’m softening my support for my football club until someone, anyone, comes in instead of Wenger. I would rather support a team finishing 6th every season than this recurring pretence of competing. Its actually making me phsically and mentally sick, the time and money I invest and I watch exactly the same scenario every year since 2007/8. A change is needed just for the sake of variety and mental health.

Broadside4
Broadside4
3 years ago

Unfortunately, having an owner setup like Kroenke is apparent when you look at what happens in the USA. The primary motive for him seems to be make money. Winning trophies is for poor people. Expensive and not cost efficient. Withdraw support by not paying for tickets, kit etc, and someone like Kroenke could just say, well, I’m moving the team elsewhere. He’s done it a number of times to teams he owns in the USA. Ok, circumstances are different in the USA and the UK. But it’s not totally improbable he could try that line if he really wants to… Read more »

ArcticMarty
ArcticMarty
3 years ago

Fingers crossed Stan packs his bags and fucks off stateside.

California Gooner
California Gooner
3 years ago

There is only 1 solution: Wenger not be given an extension. Anything else confirms the suspicion that Arsenal is a business and not a football club.

fengunner
fengunner
3 years ago

“On the financial point we are not in trouble.”

That is what Wenger said when asked about the champions league!

“ambition is to win the Champions League and Premier League with Arsenal.”

This is supposedly what Kroenke said.

So, it’s hard to tell who really ifs the one who puts the finances above all else?

Dan Hunter
3 years ago

I’m going to play devil’s advocate a little bit here. Many if not most think Kroenke is in it simply to make money, but surely, knocking back a bid of £1Bn and what has been reported, an improved offer of £2Bn, if it was to be knocked back, surely shows that he is NOT in it for the money, because these offers are a huge profit on his initial investments. If he doesn’t sell, maybe he IS looking for Arsenal to be a winning team. As for Usmanov, if he was to come in, would it necessarily mean an Abramovich… Read more »

SpamB0t
SpamB0t
3 years ago
Reply to  Dan Hunter

Maybe Kroenke is just really stubborn and would rather make a bad decsion than compromise them, even if they’ve been shown not to work.

Sound like somebody we know?

Sachin T Patel
Sachin T Patel
3 years ago

So, there’s another Sachin on the boards. I knew my vanity for my whole name was gonna pay off.

I don’t have an grand ideas on fixing Arsenal. I just want to watch good football, meaningful football. & maybe, win shiny trophies.

Has Wenger jumped the shark? I think so, but that’s my opinion.

-Sachin T Patel

SpamB0t
SpamB0t
3 years ago

I am happy at this news because Arsenal has won the last game.

Tony Hall
Tony Hall
3 years ago

Next season will end exactly the same as this season, we will be having the same discussion in 12 months we are having now.
What is really sad is that as a die hard Arsenal fan for 40 odd years, I don’t even care anymore what happens 🙁