Arsenal won’t sack Arsène Wenger, insists Gunners chief
Ivan Gazidis says Arsenal are "incredibly fortunate" to have the Frenchman in charge at The Emirates
Arsenal chief executive Ivan Gazidis insists Arsène Wenger’s job is safe despite The Gunners’ poor start to the season.
The Londoners have taken just four points from their first five Premier League games and have already conceded 14 goals, leaving them one point above the relegation zone.
Arsenal’s stuttering form has prompted questions over Wenger’s future but Gazidis says the club are “incredibly fortunate” to have the Frenchman at the helm and dismissed suggestions he could be sacked.
“[The criticism of Wenger] is part of this black and white perception: that you’re either flying high or a broken failure,” said Gazidis on Tuesday.
“He didn’t suddenly become a bad manager. To have him portrayed as some kind of idiot who is out of touch is profoundly damaging, not simply for Arsenal nor particularly for Arsène, but for football.
“It’s nonsense based on the need to always create a mini-crisis. We are incredibly fortunate to have a manager who has a vision of what the game can be. To have a manager that thinks about the future is relatively rare.
“There is genuine unity of purpose at Arsenal. We are fully supportive of each other. I think the lack of division [between the board and the manager] sometimes infuriates people.”
Arsenal brought in André Santos, Per Mertersacker, Mikel Arteta and Yossi Benayoun late in the transfer window following the departures of some key players this summer.
And although Gazidis admits there has been a shift in the club’s transfer policy, he maintains that it would have been a “bad decision” to spend all of the money generated by the sales of Gael Clichy, Cesc FÃ bregas and Samir Nasri on new recruits.
“We’ve made a slight adjustment by signing some more experienced players and we’re very happy with who we’ve brought in,” he continued.
“If we went out and spent all our money we would make bad decisions, so we’ve been restrained.
“The club is focused on a responsible, sustainable model. Football’s going that way and people are trying to get where we already are. We represent the future of football.”