Because of a now chastising attitude from the board of directors which now puts Arsene Wenger’s position at risk, the Arsenal Manager has been forced to succumb on his opposition to changes.
Close sources within the club say two members of the Arsenal six-man board were reluctant for Wenger to still continue at the helms. At least, they weren’t prepared to allow him to do so unopposed like before.
It is worth noting that the delay in announcing a new contract for Wenger is believed to have been caused by the board and manager disagreeing over the structural changes required to take Arsenal forward.
As it stands now, Arsenal are expected to start appointing staff with sporting, administrative and medical expertise to provide a back-up infrastructure when Wenger does leave. However, there may still be no-one identified as a sporting director or director of football, which was Wenger’s chief objection to the idea.
Chief executive Ivan Gazidis made it clear in a meeting with the Arsenal Supporters’ Trust last month that Wenger had to be a ‘catalyst for change’ at the club.
And it is now revealed that Gazidis also told fans at the meeting ‘Arsenal are not where we want us to be.’ That is a further sign of the board’s frustration at sub-standard performances this season.
Arsenal can still qualify for the Champions League today the final day of the 2016/2017 Epl season if they beat Everton and Liverpool slip up against relegated Middlesbrough. They also have an FA Cup final to play against Chelsea next week, with Wenger’s future to be announced shortly after.
And even though its looking must likely that Arsenal might not qualify for the Champions League for the first time since 1998 (Wenger’s first full season with the club) still the manager in his press conference earlier, insisted: ‘City won the Premier League in the last minute against QPR in 2013. So it can happen. But what we have to do is win the game first.’
We wait and see. In football its never over until its over.