Could this mean Wenger and Arsenal have begun new manager hunt?

I may be reading too much into one of the statements made by Arsene Wenger and reported on the Arsenal website this week, but then again I may not. I certainly not trust our current manager or anyone from the Arsenal board to be either completely honest or to not keep us fans and the football media in the dark about the search for a new manager to replace the Frenchman in the summer.

To be honest I can perfectly understand why Wenger and the board might want to play their cards close to the chest on the matter, as there is a theory that it would not do the team’s chances any good if they knew that the boss was about to quit.

Also, the club might feel it would be easier to look for and appoint a new manager if it could be done without the intense glare of the media spotlight, so I just wonder if when Wenger spoke about looking for a coach with the right values to suit Arsenal, he was not talking about a man to replace Andries Jonker at all, but himself, or even maybe to find two people to fill both roles.

Wenger said, “We have many candidates and we have a lot of time now to choose the best one.

“That’s a process we have started and ideally you want people with the Arsenal spirit.

“We have special values here. If it could be a person who reflects our values, then of course that would be even better.”

Do you think this could be a smokescreen so Arsenal can interview potential managerial candidates? Has Wenger already decided to quit?



  1. ThirdManJW says:

    Like you said, he was talking about one of the coaches, but good god I hope he isn’t involved in choosing our next manager, not that the board have any clue what they’re doing either. The situation is depressing whatever angle you look at it.

    1. bran99 says:

      You can’t really understand all his vocabularies.. when he says looking for one that understands our values and has Arsenal spirit, don’t you have a doubt he’ll end up saying that that person is him??

  2. Fatboy Gooney says:

    ?? ?Don’t believe the hype ?
    These are all well established business men in charge at Arsenal fc,
    they know exactly how to manipulate the matter along with delaying the process. All this talk is just to calm the masses/sheeple, It’s gonna take a giant killing from Lincoln to put real pressure on those in charge at the club, otherwise it will be business as usual with Wenger entertaining the nation with more of his Joke performances, next season. ??

  3. goonerboy says:

    What is Arsenal’s spirit?????
    I don’t want this ‘spirit’ anymore I want a new one, one that is transparent, challenging for major titles, and full of ambition…

    Wenger wants a ‘spirit’ that is gutless, deluded……………add whatever you want in that space.

    That is why we must not allow him have a say in appointing our next manager to avoid appointing someone with a similar ‘spirit’…he that hath ears…

  4. Arsenal_Girl says:

    Most of our players lack “spirit”
    And Wenger doesn’t know how to manage them let alone how to spur them on
    Alexis has tried to push our players but was promptly punished by Wenger

    1. AsburtonGrove says:

      Spot on.

  5. Samuel Akinsola Adebosin says:

    Bob, it has not yet been gotten, has it? The Arsenal board don’t want Le Prof to go now, not before in 2 to 3 years time will they accept he can go if still he doesn’t win any of the majority of Arsenal fans most sort after 2 titles of the PL & the CL which have eluded the club for over a decade since Arsenal last won the PL and reached the CL final in 2006. And Le Prof himself doesn’t want to leave Arsenal now until maybe after 3 years time when he might have considered leaving and retiring from football management. More so if Arsenal did not win the PL title or the CL in the next 2 – 3 seasons to come if he continues to be the Arsenal manager.

    I view Sir Keswick statement on the debate of Le Prof leaving Arsenal at the end of this season as a conditional statement to appease the Wenger Out Arsenal fans to be calm as the Arsenal board who for his prudent financial management skill in managing the club finances doesn’t want him to go now to try to buy time for him to use Arsenal success of a win of the FA Cup and a 4th place table finish this season as a ploy to convince the Wenger Out Arsenal fans he can still be kept at the club as manager for another 2 – 3 years to achieve the titles they’ve been craving after in the next 2 – 3 season..

  6. Peanuts says:

    It is very clear that Wenger has NO intention of leaving the club this summer. I have scrutinized his utterances closely and he obviously has no plans to leave. As far as he and the board are concerned, the agitation of the fans is just part of the usual cycle of discontent and a few non -committal statements are thrown out to calm frayed nerves. I assure you to them it is business as usual. Unfortunately, going by the tiny fraction of fans that protested in the stadium on tuesday, it seems to me that those who buy tickets to go to watch are more interested in enjoying a recreational time, possibly taking the missus or the kids out and generally incorporating the matches into the fun and excitement of their lifestyle to be genuinely grieved by the team’s shoddy performances. Maybe the only way therefore that there can be a shake-up at the club is for us not to qualify for champions league this season and spurs finishing above us might give some nonchalant fans something to think about.

    1. AsburtonGrove says:

      I agree, a few hundred fans with banners won’t effect this bunch of antiquated old fools – Wenger included. If we’re to make a real difference, it has to be thousands of fans protesting and tens of thousands of empty seats. Hitting them in the wallet and consistent, unrelenting barrage of fan disgruntlement is the only way we will make a difference. Otherwise it will be deflecting as usual. The same way it’s been the last 10-12 years. Wenger out!

  7. Robin Vanpayslip says:

    Clutching at so many straws you might as well be cotton eye Joe……..

    1. muffdiver says:

      Love that song

      Where Did u come from where did u go

      European glory we never will know

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