Well seems our beloved leader has landed himself a new 3 year deal, the only shock in this is the timing I firmly believe this was signed and sealed about 6 months ago. This new deal will take us to May 2017 with Mr Wenger and will mean he will last 20 years as manager of our great club.
“I want to stay and to continue to develop the team and the club. We are entering a very exciting period. We have a strong squad, financial stability and huge support around the world. We are all determined to bring more success to this club”
That comment by Mr Wenger on arsenal.com along with others by Sir Chips and Lord Kroenke of Denver was carefully scripted and was keen to highlight the achievements made by Mr Wenger, even if all but one of those were years ago,
Personally I think that Mr Wenger and the club have made a mistake in giving him another 3 years. Winning the oldest and greatest cup competition in the world would of been a fitting and graceful way to bow out with pride and dignity intact for all concerned. I love the FACUP and for Mr Wenger to win it 5 times now is an outstanding achievement, But due to people like Swissramble (on twitter) , the AST and by simply reading The Arsenal’s accounts lot’s more transfer money was available in the last 4 windows which if spent wisely could of lead us to even greater success.
The FACUP final weekend was a great party it reminded us what it was like to be winners again and that’s what a football club should be about, doing it’s best to win things. Most clubs spend every available penny they have in the pursuit of glory, some clubs even spend money they haven’t earned but not us. We have massively underspent for a number of years now whilst seeing membership and ticket price increase. We have a bank balance and profit margin that even banks could only dream of.
When A fresh faced relatively unknown outside of France and Japan manager arrived in 1997 he took the English game by storm, he extended the careers of the famous back 5 that Mr Graham put together by using the latest innovations and tactics in the game. Mr Wenger is 64 years old now and will be 67 by time this contract is up, now Mr Wenger has always had his own theories on age and has a long history of either moving players on once they reached 30 or only giving them yearly contracts, he knows everyone but himself has a sell by date. This would of been the ideal time for a new fresh faced man with new fresh ideas to take us onto the next level.
Anyways that’s my 2 penny’s on the subject, yes I am very grateful for what Mr Wenger has done for the club and him staying on will make no difference to how I support the team on the day, but I just wish he would of gone out a winner.