Gaz rules out Wenger chop
ARSENE WENGER has been strongly backed by Arsenal chief executive Ivan Gazidis despite his team’s poor start to the season.
Wenger has had a testing time over the last few months, losing captain Cesc Fabregas and star player Samir Nasri before the club went on to make their worst start to a season in 58 years.
The Gunners have won just one Premier League game – against newly-promoted Swansea – and sit 17th in the table.
Wenger suffered the humilia- tion of an 8-2 hammering at Manchester United and has looked increasingly strained following criticism of his side from the media and sections of the Arsenal support.
But Gazidis denies Wenger, who has won three Premier League titles, is losing his touch and is adamant that he and American owner Stan Kroenke are fully behind their manager.
“Arsene is not a broken man. He did not suddenly become a bad manager or somebody who became out of touch with the game. It is complete nonsense,” said Gazidis.
“Sacking him is a route we are not going to go down. Stan Kroenke is very supportive of Arsenal’s self-sustaining model and of Arsene Wenger.
“To see him portrayed as some kind of idiot is profoundly damaging, not to Arsenal or Arsene, but for the game.”
Wenger has failed to win any silverware in the last six-and-ahalf years.
Gazidis says Wenger fully understands why the fans are unhappy but insists that consistent top-four finishes mean the last few years have not been a failure.
“When we look at Arsenal over the last six years that we haven’t won a trophy, many people will say that is a total failure,” said Gazidis.
“I understand that, I accept it and I embrace it because in a sense it shows where we are as a club which is right at the top of the game.
“But at the same time I cannot accept it’s a total failure because actually we have been incredibly consistent over a long period of time – along with Manchester United and Real Madrid, the most consistent of clubs in Europe.
“Arsene is frustrated and he shares the same frustrations that we all do.”