Arsene Wenger is refusing to step down!
Arsenal fans will be gnashing their teeth and likely mentioning a few expletives when they see the Times report on Arsene Wenger on Tuesday.
Matt Hughes reports in The Times today that Arsene Wenger will not step down as Arsenal manager and wants to see out his contract at the club. Which runs for another season.
After four defeats in a row and a woeful 2018, there really only seems one logical solution for Arsenal to start afresh.
Yes, Arsene Wenger can still cling onto the fact the Gunners are in the Europa League but winning that on their present form feels a long way off.
88% of Arsenal fans want Wenger gone!
On Monday, ahead of their AGM, the Arsenal Supporters Trust announced that 88% of their members want Wenger gone at the end of this season.
The reaction online to this has mainly been surprise at the other 12% of fans who either want him to stay or are undecided.
In a survey conducted online & at tonight’s meeting 88% of AST members vote for Arsenal ending Arsene Wenger’s contract when position reviewed this summer (7% for staying on & 5% don’t know yet). Written comments will be given to Gazidis on Saturday
— AST (@AST_arsenal) March 5, 2018
So what now for Arsenal?
Matt Hughes adds in The Times: Wenger “is undeterred and will resist any attempts to get him to agree to a dignified exit this summer. Wenger has never broken a contract in his career and having signed a new two-year deal last summer wants to see it out with one final campaign at the Emirates Stadium.”
Whilst Wenger has lost the support of some directors at Arsenal, much will depend on Stan Kroenke, the majority shareholder at the club.
Ivan Gazidis, the Arsenal CEO, has been driving change at Arsenal but is is far from certain right now whether he can make Wenger go a year early.
Ultimately, this Times report and others show that there is a power vacuum at Arsenal and whilst Arsene Wenger causes much of the anger, it is a spineless board and owner that are failing the supporters.