Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has today opened up on what he feels should be valued above ‘winning’ and ‘buying.’
On the wane
Since having taken over in North London in 1996, French tactician Wenger has gone on to cement himself as the greatest manager in the history of Arsenal, racking up three Premier League titles, 7 FA Cup crowns and 7 Community Shields.
However, over recent years, the club’s failure to challenge for top titles has resulted in many Gunners fans turning on their legendary boss.
The Emirates outfit have not won a league crown since 2004, and last made it past the round of 16 in the Champions League in the 2009-10 campaign.
The club failed to even secure a spot in this season’s edition of the Champions League after finishing 5th in the Premier League last season, leading to supporters throughout England suggesting that it may be time for Arsene Wenger to step down.
Of the issues consistently brought to the fore by bewildered Arsenal fans, the club’s lack of will to win is the most frequent.
Arsene Wenger was questioned on his priorities as a manager following his side’s 2-0 win over Brighton & Hove Albion this afternoon, with the 67-year-old revealing:
‘Personally I preach sometimes in the desert a little bit because for me when you listen most of the time to people it’s only about winning [or] it’s only about buying – but for me a football club is first about values.’
Wenger was referring to the efforts made by Arsenal to promote inclusivity at at the club, after Matt Lucas, honorary President of the Gay Gooners supporters club, made a passionate speech on the Emirates pitch at half-time today.
The Frenchman continued:
‘If I am 21 years at this club it is because this [inclusivity] is one of the values we rate and I’m very proud of that.’