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Arsene Wenger Arsenal Manager
Talks of a new contract for Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger
further assert the fact that he has the safest job in world football today. And
until Arsenal’s second largest share­holder Alisher Usmanov out­muscles Stan
Kroenke, Wenger is at Arsenal to stay.
How many managers would keep their job after seven barren
years? I can’t think of any apart from of course Wenger.
Yes, with two years to go, Ar­senal Chief Executive Officer
Ivan Gazidis is eager to tie him down to a new four-year deal which will take
him past the magical 20-year mark.

For Gazidis, Wenger repre­sents everything that Arsenal
Football Club stands for. But we all know that the real reason the management
want to tie him down to a forever deal is that he works perfectly with
Kroenke’s agenda of spending far, far less than he brings in whilst main­taining
a credible league posi­tion (a position which guaran­tees champions league
football).
Usmanov says Champions League qualification is the ‘pin­nacle
of the club’s ambition’ and has persistently called for invest­ment to match
that spent by Real Madrid, Barcelona, Chelsea and Manchester City or face lower­ing
expectations even further.
The Uzbek billionaire claims that the ‘tight’ financial
regime at the Emirates has coerced Wenger into selling his best players and
having to continue to find cheap­er replacements.
Well, lack of silverware aside, I’m not totally against
Wenger getting a new deal. Maybe that’s because the team looks a lot more
balanced than it has been in a long time. Even Wenger who is known for his
arrogance has backtracked on issues like; refreshing the backroom team,
tightening up on his defence, let­ting the big headed players leave and
strengthening the team with a couple of high profile signings.
Sure, he didn’t buy as much quality as we’d have hoped and
that will probably still come back to bite us in the backside. How­ever, I
think we’re in the best shape we’ve been in for years.
When you look at what the Frenchman has done, within the
overall constraints, he has out­performed our spending every single year he has
been manager. It is extraordinary.
But the question is has he been denied the funds to recruit.
I don’t think so. As far as I re­member, he has always said that he does not
see anyone good enough to player for the club.
I disagree.
Gazidis also dismissed reports that the club lacks ambition
but how then would a CEO of a club that has overseen the sale of its best
players year after year can come out with a state­ment like that. I understand
the stadium move wasn’t easy, but we’re through the worst of that, we have to
start delivering more than just ambitious words. We have to put the team first
for once. We have to build a squad that fits our project. 
Things are looking
good this season, but they won’t if the investment in the squad continues to go
amiss.
There’s no arguing that Wenger started his Arsenal career
like a house on fire during the first half of his reign, but he hasn’t really
done anything for the Gunners lately other than qualify for the Champions
League, where they inevitably get knocked out year after year.
Some fans are happy with this while others are more
ambitious. If you settle for mediocrity then you’ll get mediocrity and Ar­senal
supporters deserve more than that. There’s also a great deal been made about
Wenger’s ability to bal­ance the books, but isn’t he at the Emirates to win
trophies, don’t they have an accountant?

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