Fans question Arsenal supremo’s future
The Arsenal Supporters Trust (AST) has said the club should not offer Gunners manager Arsene Wenger a new contract yet.
The former Monaco and Grampus Eight coach was appointed boss in October 1996 and his current deal expires at the end of the 2013-14 season.
Since the 63-year-old moved to North London, Arsenal have won three Premier League titles, four FA Cups and will have secured Champions League qualification for 16 successive seasons if they beat Fenerbahce in a play-off.
But the Frenchman has failed to win any silverware since 2005, losing League Cup finals to Chelsea in 2007 and Birmingham City in 2011, as well as the 2006 European Cup showpiece to Barcelona.
Following a 3-1 opening day defeat to Aston Villa at the Emirates Stadium and with free transfer Yaya Sanogo the only addition to last term’s squad, the AST believe attention should be turned towards the team rather than Wenger’s future.
“Chief executive Ivan Gazidis has spoken of the intent to offer Wenger a new contract,” read an AST statement via the BBC.
“We believe this is inappropriate.
“The entire focus must be on using the remaining days of the transfer window to strengthen the team significantly.”
The AST – who are the official supporters trust – added: “A decision on whether to offer an extension to the manager’s contract, which ends in May 2014, should only be taken following the closing of the transfer window and assessment of the team’s performances.
“Considerable improvement must be shown for us to be convinced this should happen.”
The opposition towards Wenger by fans comes 48 hours after Arsenal’s loss to Villa, which was the first time they have been beaten on home soil at the beginning of a new campaign since 1993; that day George Graham’s Gunners were seen off by Coventry City.
The last time the North London club lost anywhere on day one came in 2000 when they were defeated by Sunderland, although a runners-up spot was achieved by the end of that season.