Gazidis: Arsenal Won’t Sack Wenger

ARSENAL chief executive Ivan Gazidis has insisted Arsene Wenger’s position as manager is not under threat, despite the club’s worst start to a season since 1953. Arsenal slumped to their third Premier League loss in five matches last weekend as they let a 2-1 lead slip to suffer a 4-3 defeat at Blackburn that further…”
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September 28, 2011 1:21 pm

ARSENAL chief executive Ivan Gazidis has insisted Arsene Wenger’s position as manager is not under threat, despite the club’s worst start to a season since 1953. Arsenal slumped to their third Premier League loss in five matches last weekend as they let a 2-1 lead slip to suffer a 4-3 defeat at
Blackburn that further intensifies the pressure on Wenger, who has seen his side concede 14 top-flight goals this term. However, Gazidis said that sacking Wenger is “a route we are not going to go down”, adding that having critics and fans portray Wenger “as some kind of idiot” is damaging for
football. Speaking at the Sport Industry Breakfast Club in London, Gazidis said Wenger “is not broken … he did not suddenly become a bad manager or somebody who became out of touch with the game. That is complete nonsense. “Arsenal is frustrated, he shares the same frustrations that we all do. The potential is very high but we have found self-inflicted ways not to achieve that full potential and that is why he is deeply frustrated.“If you look at the last six years when we haven’t quite got over the line for a trophy, if we hadn’t had the potential to do it. That is something we need to
correct because the potential is there.“That is the frustration I think Arsene is wrestling with but he is absolutely not broken. He is as focused on
delivering success to this football club as he has ever been.’’Arsenal owner Stan Kroenke, who bought a controlling stake in the club in April, has come under fire for not attending an Arsenal game this season. The American entrepreneur rarely speaks to the media -a move which has led to him
being labelled ‘Silent Stan’ -but Gazidis insists the tag is unfair.“The Silent Stan moniker is overused,’’ he said. “The truth is that Stan is not silent.
He has been very involved throughout and for a number of years with the club. He is not media adverse either – at the right time he will come
and speak. “He has been limited by what he can say by the takeover panel along the way but he is very personable, very interested in sport and
had tremendous ambition for his teams. Stan has said that he will talk to the fans the next time he is in the UK and
he will.’’

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