Why Wenger rejects Arsenal re-structure plans


Why Wenger rejects Arsenal re-structure plans

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Arsene Wenger ridiculed the idea that Arsenal will not undergo fundamental re-structuring in the summer in his Southampton pre-match conference.

Arsenal have been reported to be on the lookout for a sporting director who could help with running things off the pitch, particularly on the transfer front, and a host of names have come up among which former Arsenal stars and experienced sporting directors such as Michael Zorc and Monchi, who is now at Roma.

Arsenal have failed to keep a number of key players and attract world-class quality to the club since previous sporting director David Dein left the club in 2007. Wenger also seems to have lost his scouting network in France, but despite the success with Dein on the passenger seat, Wenger thinks such role is unnecessary.

He said earlier: “No. I don’t know what director of football means. Is it somebody who stands in the road and directs play right and left? I don’t understand and I never did understand what it means.

“No, no, no. Sorry, no. I am not prepared to talk about that. I’m the manager of Arsenal Football Club and as long as I’m the manager of Arsenal football Club, I will decide what happens on the technical front. That’s it.”

It is understood that there is internal strife at Arsenal, with chief executive Ivan Gazidis believed to be pushing for change - creating a new sporting director role being one of the changes - and this might make Wenger feel like a vote of no confidence for him or that he is under threat of losing a chunk of his power at Arsenal.

Gazidis is thought to have become fed up with the lack of success on the pitch following the club’s move to the Emirates in 2006. The divide which started with the departure of David Dein has lasted for over 10 years now. But while the Emirates gave the Gunners hope in the following years to 2006, boiling point will be reached this season should Arsenal fail to get top four or win the FA Cup. The divide seems deeper than ever.



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Premier League 2017/18

# Team P GD Pts
1 Manchester City FC 23 50 62
2 Manchester United FC 23 32 50
3 Liverpool FC 23 26 47
4 Chelsea FC 23 25 47
5 Tottenham Hotspur FC 23 25 44
6 Arsenal FC 23 11 39
7 Burnley FC 23 -1 34
8 Leicester City FC 23 2 31
9 Everton FC 23 -13 27
10 Watford FC 23 -9 26
11 West Ham United FC 23 -12 25
12 Crystal Palace FC 23 -12 25
13 AFC Bournemouth 23 -11 24
14 Huddersfield Town 23 -20 24
15 Newcastle United FC 23 -10 23
16 Brighton & Hove Albion 23 -12 23
17 Southampton FC 23 -11 21
18 Stoke City FC 23 -27 20
19 West Bromwich Albion FC 23 -12 19
20 Swansea City FC 23 -21 17