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Wenger Refutes Quit Claims

Wenger Refutes Quit Claims

It seem like I write this article so often that I plan on making it a template to save the trouble of retyping it every 6 months ... but ... Arsene Wenger has denied reports that he may move to Real Madrid and insists he is staying with Arsenal.

The Arsenal gaffer has come in for some fierce criticism this year after another season passed without a trophy, making it four consecutively since our last piece of silverware. Wenger himself has blasted some of the more over the top comments and has seemed a little jaded. Coupled with his comments that working in Madrid would be 'interesting', it has led to mass media reports that the Frenchman will head for Spain in the summer.

Of course, it wasn't true and Wenger has issued a timely statement saying otherwise.

'There's nothing to worry about, it's not an issue for me. I'm staying here.If that changes I will let you know, but don't worry about that. It's not an issue.' confirmed Le Boss.

I never for one minute thought he'd leave, however I do feel that if relationships with (some of) the fans decline as they have this season that Wenger's current contract will be his final contract.

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Date:Wednesday May 20 2009
Time: 9:33AM


I think that the shareholders should direct their anger at the board instead of Wenger, it is obvious that they have not come clean on how much money Wenger really has to spend. All we need in the summer IMO is a class central defender and possibly a good DM if one is available at a reasonable price.
20/05/2009 10:43:00
As things stand I also think this would be Wenger's last contract. If he wins things he might feel that there isn't a better time to go. If he doesn't then he'll feel he should go. A couple of seasons is a long time in footie though.
20/05/2009 12:01:00
Armory, it's interesting that the media has almost universally been arguing the same thing you have in the last few days -- blaming the Board for hanging Arsene out high and dry in front of the shareholders, and the media generally when they come out with statements claiming he has plenty of money to spend if he wants it, thus allowing the fans to blame Arsene wbecause he won't spend it. Lots of interesting commentary from the English media in the last few days on all this — most, if not all, amazingly complimentary toward Wenger. We’re so used to thinking the media is anti-Wenger, we forget a lot of these guys really do have enormous respect for him. Martin Samuel wrote this excellent piece: . Also in the Daily Mail, Hill-Wood and the Board are taken to task in a piece echoing Armory's comments: . And Geoff Shreeves also has a good piece on the skysports website:,25212,15196_5333480,00.html // On another subject entirely, did you all notice the way the English media reacted to Jamie Carragher assaulting a teammate and shouting at him in Liverpool’s game against West Brom? Alonso had to come over and calm him down. The media fawned all over Carragher, praising him for his passion and disappointment in his team not winning the league title. Now imagine if that had been Gallas assaulting Kolo and shouting at him in the middle of a game? The xenophobic English media would’ve had a field day.
20/05/2009 14:50:00
Jaelle - agree 100%. The Samuel article is excellent, as is your Carragher/Gallas analogy!
20/05/2009 16:00:00
Anything the Daily Mail write, particularly about the current board, should be ignored. They are very overtly and transparently Usmanov's mouthpiece. To think Wenger is surprised by the amount of money he currently does or does not have available is a little far fetched I think. He was the one who pushed the stadium idea forward and has been in on the ground floor throughout. In fact, I don't doubt there are times when he has been dictating to the board on the stadium matter. To think he suddenly is unpleasantly surprised by an apparent lack of funds does not ring true with me. I think these £13m stories are a plant from Usmanov who is the one that will be absolutely loving this "civil war" the press are whipping up around the club.
Little Dutch
20/05/2009 16:08:00
LD I don't for a moment think Wenger has had any surprises in the last few years when it comes to transfer funds, he would have known exactly how the situation was. The problem I have with the board is that,in my opinion, they have constantly hinted that there were plenty of transfer funds available to the manager and the board would support him no matter who he wanted to sign, when they knew that to make these funds available to Wenger he would have to sell some of the family silver first. This has increasingly made Wenger look like a man hell bent of winning the league with under 12's when he was trying to hold on to what he had and bring in cheaper young players on lower salaries and selling some of the older players who where over thirty and were drawing huge salaries. All the time this has been happening the board has looked like it was giving Wenger plenty of money and letting him take the flak, for example why did none of them come to Wengers defence at the shareholders meeting in a manner that would have let no one in doubt that he was not to blame for the lack of star signings.
20/05/2009 16:46:00
Jaelle we dont need to wonder how the media would react if 1 of our players had a Carragher moment, do you not remember how disgraceful Adebayor and Bendnter were or how they never talk to each other again after their little spat in the tin pot cup semi final?
20/05/2009 17:23:00
Uniquely the shareholders have a perfect way to show their anger at the board. If more of than 50% of them are angry enough they can vote off the current incumbents of the board.
20/05/2009 17:33:00
I don't think it was up to the board members to step in on AWs behalf at the Shareholders meeting. Firstly, Arsene is a big boy and perfectly adept at answering for himself. Secondly, it was billed as a Q and A session with the manager, not the board. Gazidis had a Q and A session 48 hours earlier in which, like Wenger, he didn't duck the difficult questions and Wenger didn't chip in for Gazidis when those questions came either. That nobody spoke up for Wenger shows there is a level of trust there. Had one of the board members suddenly piped up in the midst of the session, I might have been suspicious.
Little Dutch
20/05/2009 18:05:00
every year we are subjected to the same old rhetoric about le boss or the board or anyone else who happens to be around lets get this into context re the real reason we havent won anything yet again, forget le boss forget the board the late great bill shankley summed it all up after liverpool had just lost a cup match to a then 3rd division club, he said and i quote, at 3pm on a saturday i sent out a team consisting of 11 international players, supposedly the best that money can buy, who should feel honoured to pull on a liverpool shirt. if at 3pm those 11 players decide that they dont want to play to the best of their ability, then there is nothing i or any one else can do about it . i think that says it all, the main reason we have not won anything, is our players innabillity to get results against the likes of hull, fulham, middlesborough etc etc etc its no use getting results against the top clubs if we play like a bunch of wallies against the lower clubs united didnt win the title by beating the top clubs, but by not dropping points against the smaller clubs lok back at our points dropped when we played these clubs and the reason we ended potless is obvious weve been 2 nil up, and drew (villa ) 4 2 up and drew (spurs )
cornish gooner
20/05/2009 18:08:00
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