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I'm no quitter - Wenger

2013-02-22 14:23

London - Arsene Wenger insists he has no intention of quitting Arsenal despite growing criticism of the Gunners' boss after the worst season of his 17-year reign in north London.

Wenger has been under fire from fans and pundits for much of the season, but the last week has been a new low for the Frenchman as his side crashed out of the FA Cup against Championship club Blackburn and then slumped to a 3-1 home defeat to Bayern Munich that left their Champions League hopes in tatters.

Barring a miracle comeback against Bayern in the second leg, Arsenal will have gone eight years without a trophy at the end of this season and many fans believe the time has come for Wenger to go.

But the 63-year-old, whose team have been reduced to a desperate scrap to finish in the Premier League's top four, says he is not about to walk away from the current difficulties because his desire to do the job burns as bright as ever.

Asked at press conference on Friday if he had considered his position this week, Wenger said: "Never. Not one second. I don't think that spark has anything to do with your age.

"It is just that's how you are and you're motivated by how much you want to win and how much you are a winner.

"If I go out now and play one against one with you, you will see I will beat you and at least if I don't manage to beat you, I will want to beat you. That will not change as long as I can move."

Wenger believes there needs to be a sense of perspective around what is regarded as achievement at the Emirates Stadium, with Arsenal having continued to qualify for the Champions League despite testing financial circumstances.

"We live in a world of emotion, of excess, and it is down to people who have responsibilities to put that into perspective and keep solid and keep guiding the club in the right way," said Wenger, whose side face struggling Aston Villa on Saturday.

"My responsibility is to keep the guidelines and guide the team and the club in what I feel is the right way.

"What is important for me is to focus on the next game and try to give my best, like all the players."

Arsenal's regular board meeting on Thursday was attended by majority shareholder Stan Kroenke, who also watched Tuesday's Bayern game.

Wenger, though, insisted it was very much a case of business as usual rather than an inquest into the team's problems.

"The meeting speaks about many things. Commercial, ticket prices, long term plans. I make my report as well on the technical side, so it was the usual thing," Wenger said.

"Of course we had no euphoria because we have gone through a disappointment on Tuesday night but apart from that we are responsible people who know what it is to fight."

With so much criticism from outside the club threatening to destabilise his squad, Wenger called on the fans and players to show a unified front.

"What we need is to be united and strong, and not to be destabilised by people who have strong opinions after one game," Wenger said.

"I believe what is important is that the club always goes with the guidelines we have and do not change direction every time we lose a big game, that would lead to a disaster.

"A bad period for a club is also a good opportunity to show how united and strong you are. We have a good history of that at Arsenal."

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Comments
  • Jimmy Ngwenya - 2013-02-22 14:39

    Arsenal has turned 2 a feeder club 4 barcelona.i kno longa support it

      bafana.ndlovu.9026 - 2013-02-22 17:01

      Arsenal is named after Arsene, why should he leave the club he created!

  • james.mostert.3 - 2013-02-22 14:46

    With his results he should be fired. He is actually lucky to still manage the team. It's got nothing to so with him quitting. Fire him

      david.s.duncan.1 - 2013-02-22 15:42

      Actually from a shareholders perspective, he has been immensely successful. That's why he is still there. Until the boardroom places importance on silverware, expect Wenger to stay

  • Jacques - 2013-02-22 15:08

    One of my role models. Such class. Such distinction.

      BatRMan959 - 2013-02-22 15:24

      Agree.. The best Manager we've ever had.... I've always bought a new shirt with every cup, and my SEGA shirt is now too faded to wear...

      david.s.duncan.1 - 2013-02-22 15:40

      Wasn't it Atari BatRMan959? :-)

  • pitso.dlungwana - 2013-02-22 15:12

    it better to have something than nothing look at Liverpool.

      malcolm.molver - 2013-02-22 16:04

      But Arsenal have nothing as well...

      Vishen - 2013-02-22 20:09

      Arenal are better to watch!!

  • Mlungisi Fynn - 2013-02-22 15:39

    Sir Alex also doesn't splash cash every transfer window.Wenger has failed.

  • xoli.mabiya - 2013-02-22 15:52

    With all due respect Messeur Wenger cut your loses sir and move on, maybe then ARSENAL will become the football club it once was..

  • leedsunitedfc - 2013-02-22 15:59

    Anybody who blames Wenger knows f-all about how a football club works. Arsenal don't exceed wages of 100k per week. If you build up a world class player like RVP/fabregas, if you are not willing to pay them what they are worth then they're obviously going to look elsewhere. It is common sense. That's how the world works. Blaming wenger with some of the rubbish he's got in that team is delusional.

      Raymond Eugenio - 2013-02-22 16:32

      thats trhu, how can u sell ur best player when want 2 win tropies? Tha management are the one to take tha blame not the coabh, am 100/ behaind u wenger.

      Ntshembo Lloyd Churchill Shibambu - 2013-02-22 16:34

      I wouldnt have say it better.

      leedsunitedfc - 2013-02-22 23:31

      Haha i only see people disliking it. Thats what happens when you dont understand. Its true though. Think of Van Persie - Wenger wanted to keep him. The board would not pay what he was worth. (hes one of the top strikers in the world meaning he should be paid what the top earners earn)... Arsenal refuse to pay that. He leaves and Wenger buys Giroud to replace him. Selling a 30+ goal machine, exchanging for a 15+. I can assure you Wenger knew that. He just doesnt have much choice because of those wage caps

      leslie.maisha - 2013-02-23 08:56

      Who buys all the rubbish you talk about when clubs buy top class players. Who has a problem whenever a player demands what he is worth? Whose fault is it that all the top quality players left for greener pastures ?The answer is simple-Arsene Wenger.

  • anthony.m.baker1 - 2013-02-22 16:21

    As an Arsenal supporter of three generations and 50 years + myself, I am disgusted by their dismal and pathetic performanace over the last 5/6 seasons. it would appear that the directors are holding on to Wengar because of the money being generated by the club selling off our key players season after season and replacing these with unknowns. Well that won't be happening this year because nobody wants to play for the Arsenal? At this level of football If you don't have silver in the cabinet you don't have anything to shout about........So Wengar do us all a favour and cross the channel or the directors must get off their fat rich butts and sack him.

      Vishen - 2013-02-22 20:14

      Sad coming from a die hard gooner! Show the man some respect for all that he has done for Arsenal and English soccer. Give him the opportunity to bow out in his own terms...I'm sure you were "shouting" when he was leading the invincibles to cup and league glory!!!

  • Vince Moraswi - 2013-02-22 17:16

    it's not about u, you old sack of sh#t. quit already, u have no ambition.

  • Barry Hunkin - 2013-02-22 20:47

    It,s the policies of the board that are causing the failure of the club , not Wenger . Up the wages and attract and keep the good players . Oh and get rid of the useless ones like Arshavin , Gervino etc

  • Margo George - 2013-02-23 09:18

    Wenger is not the problem but management is.

      Ndagana Abdulrahman - 2013-02-24 07:45

      wenger we need 4 and 2 try 2 win on 13 game tans

  • Israel Emmanuel - 2013-02-28 09:58

    Arsene wenger should stay. He is such a nice manager

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