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Wenger safe for now

2011-09-07 12:18

London – Under fire Arsenal boss, Arsene Wenger has been told that he is not in danger of losing his job by the club’s chairman, Peter Hill-Wood.

The Gunners have been trophyless for the last six years and have lost arguably their two most influential players during this barren spell in Francesc Fabregas, who returned to Barcelona and Samir Nasri, leaving for the greener pastures offered by Manchester City.

This, along with Arsenal’s recent form have enraged board members and fans alike to the point that they are questioning he is still the right man to lead the 13-time English champions into the future

However, Hill-Wood dismissed these claims and maintained that everything is stable.

“It’s complete and utter rubbish and absolute nonsense. I think he is happy enough and we are happy enough,” he said on British tabloid, Daily Star’s website.

After their last match in which they received an embarrassing 8-2 thumping at the hands of rivals, Manchester United, it appeared Wenger’s days were numbered, but the Frenchman then made a hurried dive into the transfer market to capture Per Mertesacker, Mikel Arteta as well as sign Yossi Benayoun on loan for the rest of the season to keep the angry mob at bay temporarily.

“We have brought some new players in and although I don’t know that much about many of them I think, generally speaking, they are going to improve the squad,” added Hill-Wood.

The Gunners have one point from nine and are fourth from bottom, languishing below Premier League newcomers Swansea - who visit the Emirates on Saturday.

Sport24

Comments
  • Fikile - 2011-09-07 13:29

    wuteva, wenger is the best thing ever to happen to arsenal, the most profitable club... others are just a rich mans plaything...

  • Nakedi - 2011-09-07 13:36

    Hi V Sports - I would like to acknowledge that you are clued up when it comes to footbal unlike most of us who only see the last few defeats. I am very optimistic that soon Arsenal will be back to where it belongs and that is due to the kind of manager that Arsene is. People forget very easily and I bet you they would have forgotten about this 2 losses come end of the season.

      Albo - 2011-09-08 09:00

      " I am very optimistic that soon Arsenal will be back to where it belongs " - people have been saying that for SEVEN YEARS!!!

  • Bob - 2011-09-07 13:37

    Oh dear, we all know what a vote of confidence means, a damn good sacking just around the corner, personally I think there can be little doubt he knows the game, however I still don't think he understands the EPL and what is needed to succeed in it, to pretty a side they ere much more competitive with the likes of Viera in the side, they are just a bit soft now, can be good to watch though, he needs to lighten up a bit they don't call him whinger for nothing.

  • brandon - 2011-09-07 13:43

    His problem is that he left it to late to make changes,when he was told so.End of the day the game must go on and the players must to come to the party,Two seasons in a row arsenal let go to waste.So know is the time to bounce back,their defence is really bad ,their can start from there.

  • OLIBO - 2011-09-07 14:34

    He must be the luckiest football manager in Europe. Not trophy for six years but still enjoy the confidence of the club?

  • Leslie - 2011-09-07 17:07

    Sorry Bob, He doesnt understand the EPL what..... I mean come on. I'm not sure if you were around for the invincibles, but he built one of the greatest premier league sides ever. Granted it seems he unfortunately does not possess that special touch like SAF, who seems to be able to change his side through the ages and still keep them competive and winning trophies. Thats the only fault I can note but then there is not many managers who you could compare to SAF.

      Bob - 2011-09-08 08:50

      Leslie, not sure what you are refering to "the invincibles" but for sure I was around, read my post again, I said he had a good side when Viera was controlling midfield, but certainly Wenger never built an Invincible side, you sure your not getting confused by the mighty Invincible Liverpool teams of the 70's and 80's.

      Albo - 2011-09-08 09:04

      @Leslie - It`s not like he `built` the team - he just gave the French national squad red shirts.

      mac-sdi - 2011-09-08 13:10

      its about maintaining the team, bringing new players to replace the good ones that left. Wenger failed to buy quality players when he saw his team was depleted. There are no excuses in the EPL, you have to have 25 quality and competitive players, not just 14 or 15. Wenger failed to acknowledge that. he believes too much in untested youngsters.

  • shabzinho - 2011-09-09 15:16

    Wenger lost the plot about 3 years ago.

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