Arsene Listens to Real Offer
The back-pages are full of Arsene to quit stories. These come after an interview with French TV in which Arsene said that the Real Madrid project under Perez was interesting and which coach would not be interested in such a project. Furthermore when pressed as to whether contact had been made, he was silent on the matter.
Quite clearly Wenger is frustrated; he is frustrated with the fans, the shareholders, some of his players and the board.
The fans have been very critical of the team this season, and with some justification. Some performances have been below par and some players have not turned up to certain matches.
The shareholders gave Arsene a rough ride at a recent meeting, venting the anger with the situation. This shook Wenger and could have led him to question whether what he as doing was the correct thing.
Wenger has been shown no loyalty by some players in recent years. Lassana Diara was plucked from Chelsea’s reserves, but was not prepared to wait and left with months; Flamini had led Arsene to believe that he was staying and then turned his back on Arsenal. Hleb threatened to buy out hi contract, so Arsene let him leave, whilst Adebayor has been courting AC Milan for two seasons.
The biggest frustration for Arsene is the board. We moved to the Emirates to be able to compete with Liverpool, Chelsea and Manchester United in the transfer market, yet his budget is being reduced every season. It is rumoured that this summer Wenger’s budget is £13 million. Yet Hill-Wood and Fiszman are happy to appear in public and state that Arsene has money to spend and that they will always provide all the funds he requires, but that is after they have set the financial limit. In other words they will back him for any player within his budget.
His “flirtation” with Real Madrid can be described as a “crie de coeur”, do not take me for granted and do not expect me to work miracles with no funds and to cover your backs.
Arsene has two years left on his contract, and he has stated many times he has never walked out on a contract ion his life. Though there are rumours that his contract expires this summer and the remaining two seasons are “roll-over” so technically he will not be breaking a contract if he left.
What we must remember is that Arsene believes we are close to the end of the project. He believes we are two years away from seeing the fruition of investing in these young players and I doubt no matter how annoyed he is he will walk away an d admit defeat in this project in which he has invested so much time and his credentials. He will want to see matters to the bitter end.
Sunday we will see a great outpouring of support for Arsene Wenger from the stands because we all know what he has done for this club. The last seven days has seen us drive Arsene to edge, but when we look over the edge we see darkness and we will pull back and support Arsene.
If there is one body that needs to be attacked by the fans it is the board. They have lied to the fans over the years in terms of transfer funds and they have hidden behind the fact that Arsene is a gentleman and will not rock the boat.