Firing Wenger 'not an option'

2011-09-20 11:58

London - Arsenal chief executive Ivan Gazidis insists manager Arsene Wenger's position is not under threat despite the worst start to the season since 1953.

The Gunners have lost three of their five matches to start the Premier League season. But Gazidis says that firing Wenger is "a route we are not going to go down."

Wenger, who has been in charge of Arsenal since 1996, has not won a trophy since the 2005 FA Cup. Its last Premier League title came in 2004.

Gazidis said having critics and fans portray Wenger "as some kind of idiot" is damaging for football.

Speaking at the Sport Industry Breakfast Club in London, Gazidis says Wenger "is not broken ... he did not suddenly become a bad manager or somebody who became out of touch with the game. It is complete nonsense."


  • Nepster10 - 2011-09-20 12:05

    I agree.

  • TeddyB - 2011-09-20 12:14

    So what's the problem then??? Why can't we get this right?????

      Ryan - 2011-09-20 13:38

      your squad is far inferior to any of the top 4 teams. and I dont rate van Persie

      InternetMan - 2011-09-20 13:46

      You're an idiot Ryan. The squad may be inferior but your second statement gives you away.

  • Bob - 2011-09-20 13:03

    He's right you know he didn't suddenly become a bad manager, it's happened over a period of time.

      Currie_Mafia - 2011-09-20 13:20

      Got to agree Bob.... Like Sir Alex on the other hand...,his genius has been acquired over time.

      Albo - 2011-09-20 14:40

      Like 7 years exactly...

      Bob - 2011-09-20 16:03

      Currie, thanks for the 1st statement, the second one has made me feel nauseous, it started with Sir bit and got worse with the mention of genius.

      Suckerz - 2011-09-20 16:53

      Lol Bob, Maybe you thought he was talking about you, coz most every here is sick of you.

      Bob - 2011-09-21 10:37

      Suckerz, it's only the scum supporters that don't like me, the rest of the people love me like a brother.

  • Ismail - 2011-09-20 13:09

    Wengers biggest problem is that he is too involved with the money side of things. He buys a good player cheap and sell him for alot, which is good but as a coach your aim must be to win trophies, which he hasnt done done in years, also you nee experience in your side. Every year at beginning of the season Arsenal plays brilliant, as the season go on the youngsters panick cos now only they realise the amount if pressure the have on their shoulders. As a United fan i like Arsenal but their current performance?

  • thortex_kzn - 2011-09-20 13:11

    Every team and manager has its ups and downs i believe Arsenal and its present management will come out on top Arsene Wenger is no fool he is just having a down BE PATIENT

      Albo - 2011-09-20 14:42

      Not when your BEST players start leaving i.e. Fabregas/Nasri. You`ll only dig the hole deeper.

      TeddyB - 2011-09-20 15:00

      @thortex_kzn i really hope your right. Its becoming unbearable now. Humilliating is not even the word. Knowing your team is capable of being nothing but brilliant, and then seeing this crap every week is demoralising to say the least!

  • ME - 2011-09-20 13:20

    6 years of no success Mr Gazidis ???????? The last few games of last season leading to the start of this season's EPL are no different from the manner in which the Gunners have started the season. The signs were there (and have been there for the past few years to be honest).

  • Harold - 2011-09-20 14:22

    Younger fans of EPL and Arsenal don't realise that it was Wenger that changed the way Arsenal play. Sure they were a big club then but they were also very boring, playing the route 1 football and winning many of their matches with a 1-0 scoreline. If Wenger goes he will take his attractive style with him and then watch how many clubs will chase his services. Real Madrid may come calling.

  • EM - 2011-09-20 16:06

    I think his time is up. Time for a new manager

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