Have Arsenal board withdrawn Wenger’s contract offer?

For years the Arsenal fans have been told that the continued reign of Arsene Wenger as the team’s manager, or not, would be decided by the man himself. The Arsenal board have clearly been happy to keep the Frenchman at the helm while he kept us in the Champions League with no money (relatively speaking) and the prof was always quick to say that he would only stay in the job as long as he felt that it was the best thing for the club in general.

This season that arrangement has begun to rankle more than ever with your average Gooner, and there are signs that the Arsenal board are finally starting to see that they may have to force Wenger out, or gently encourage him to resign which is more likely.

Earlier in the current campaign there were noises coming out of the club that Arsenal were offering the prof another two year contract if he wanted it and with Arsene saying that he would make the decision on his future in the next few months that seemed to be the case, but that is not the sense you get from our chairman’s latest comments reported by the Daily Mail.

A club statement released by Sir Chips Keswick said, ‘We are fully aware of the attention currently focused on the club and understand the debate.

‘We respect that fans are entitled to their different individual opinions but we will always run this great football club with its best long-term interests at heart.

‘Arsene has a contract until the end of the season. Any decisions will be made by us mutually and communicated at the right time in the right way.’

Notice the change from ‘it’s up to him’ to ‘mutual’. Does this mean that the board thinks Wenger may want to stay beyond his welcome? Or that they have accepted the need for change? Or is it simply a statememnt intended to placate us and stop any protests until the end of the season?



  1. SoOpa AeoN says:

    it will be a thing of Joy to end the nightmares!

    1. Diego Simeone is my ideal manager..he will make men out of those boys! Even Ozil will find himself putting in sliding tackles and finishing the match with a dirty kit.

      1. Fatboy Gooney says:

        He is not going anywhere, he’s staying for the new stadium adventure… So he says ? ?

        1. muda says:

          Tuchel or flagirini won’t be then.

  2. goonerboy says:

    I really hope its what I think, as that statement makes it feel like Wenger is gone….

    Secondly, another reason I think he is going is the speculation doing the rounds that Ozil has refused to sign a £ 280/pw deal as he has declared he is here for Wenger…

    Am gonna be so glad if these two gutless ones leave, let him follow Wenger wherever he goes…

    Despite this, I want the fans to protest more on saturday

    1. Fatboy Gooney says:

      News from a Turkish source claims that ?Zil will turn down the £200,000 a week that’s been offered to him.

      1. goonerboy says:

        For me,that’s a good news…
        May can’t come soon enough wanna see changes…

      2. Budd says:

        Good. Give it to Sanchez then. And keep Ox in the process.

        1. rd_gunner says:

          Ozil being offered 200K/week is scandalous given how we have haggled over pay rises in the past. He has done nothing to deserve this. Best is he leaves. It will be much more difficult to replace Sanchez than Ozil- Ozil is a luxury we can ill afford.

          Just reflecting back to 2016 Oct, I am shocked how our fortunes have changed; every time we went behind there was something in this team which told me we will find an answer; Ozil was playing well- Sanchez at his best and even our defence looked impregnable. Everything has just fallen apart. How can a team comprising of the same players look so lost in 6 months is beyond explanation.

  3. Greg says:

    Max allegri is the ideal manager to replace wenger! Arsenal board please hear the cries and pain of frustrated gooners world wide, let good sense prevail and stop this insanity at our beloved arsenal fc!

  4. Fatboy Gooney says:

    Yep, it was purely a shut up moaning and let us count our ???? in peace, you bunch of peasants you. ?

  5. SoOpa AeoN says:

    There’s something bout this man that really does annoy me.
    I mean, why don’t he do a Sir Fergusson and just Leave…..
    One’s gotta have a retirement age and plan …Jeez!

    1. Fatboy Gooney says:

      Wenger don’t do plans ?

    2. N4NICOLAS says:

      Wenger is a clown, he doesn’t want to go n d naughty board doesn’t want him to go.. God Help us

  6. Fatboy Gooney says:

    “We respect that fans are entitled to their different individual opinions”
    ?? The above statement cracks me up.
    Let me translate that:
    “Not that we really give a ?? about What the fans want or think, as it’s mainly the lower end of the market, who are kicking up a fuss”

    1. arsenalfan1 says:

      Sir Fish & Chips is just another boardroom banker (spell with a W instead of a b for true meaning) trousering a million a year or so.

      The phrase ‘individual opinions’ of the fans was a give away, basically in translation into plain English it reads ‘let all the little fans who support Arsenal f**koff we will decide what’s best for them and let them know when we are good and ready’.

      If the board had Arsenal FC’s best interests at heart they would have had a proper world class manager managing the club long before now!!!

      1. rd_gunner says:

        Completely agree. Nothing will change unless our heirarchy changes. Who is this ***ck anyways? has one leg in the grave and still couldn’t care about anything but money !!!! The little respect we have left in the footballing circles is all because of Wenger. The board has never made any decision to complement our footballing success.

      2. jonm says:

        What do you base your statement on that sir chips keswick is ” trousering a million a yerar or so”. Acoording to the arrsenal accounts, arsensl pay him £25k per year.

  7. mark says:

    We can only hope it to be the case.

    Everyone has to retire..

  8. Twig says:

    Sell Xhaka, Coquelin, Sanogo, Campbell, Debuchy, Jenkinson, Ozil, Sanchez, Ramsey and Wenger

    Buy Belotti/Insigne/Mbappe, Rabiot, Joe Hart and Allegri

    Keep Oxlade-Chamberlain at all cost

    1. N4NICOLAS says:

      So u think someone will buy Sanogo?

    2. Midkemma says:

      SoNoGoals contract is up.
      Xhaka needs 1 more year IMO to see if he will mature and adapt to the EPL, he could be a great player if he adapts to the pace over here.

      I would say not to sell Alexis.
      Buy in players that show ambition and keep him, I really do believe he isn’t signing due to ambition reasons rather than wage demands.

      Mbappe excites me, young and bags of potential while also looking like he could be a real threat from the left for a few years while Alexis stays as 1st choice CF. If he is going to be the next TH14 as some have likened him to then a bit on time on the left wouldn’t be absurd 😛

      Rabiot sounds like a ‘cheap’ option, rumors say around £20mil should get him… Snap him up IMO.

      Joe Hart… hmm… No thanks. I would rather have Szcz back, he is doing better in Italy.

      Hart has played 25 games and kept 5 clean sheets.
      Szcz has played 27 games and kept 11 clean sheets.

      Hart has made 2 errors leading to goals while Szcz hasn’t made any this season.

      Szcz distribution is about 10% more accurate this season.

      Szcz saves per goal is 2.84 while Hart is only 1.84

      Szcz is a recall while Hart would cost big money to buy from a rival EPL club.

  9. Midkemma says:

    Oh so they learnt to phrase things.
    If a change happens then I will deal with it, currently though it is just the board saying the same BS but in another way.

    Leaving it to Wenger while they do would still be mutual agreement when he signs.

    For me this is the board again showing a lack of ambition, words over actions and look how fans instantly jumping on the thought of it must mean he will be sacked. Wenger will stay, Wenger will keep getting the hate and the board will keep collecting their profit.

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