The empty seats and results finally convinced the Arsenal Board

Wenger is finally out! Arsenal can be reborn as a football club again by Konstantin

It has finally happened! When a friend sent me the news, I thought he was joking. I opened up all the sports sites I follow to double-check if I read this correctly and I was. Arsene Wenger will leave Arsenal at the end of the season!

I am over the moon! It’s a day to celebrate the independence of this football club as it will once again put it’s own priorities over one employee. Ivan Gazidis for me is the big player who managed this. Wenger was always a person who “respects” his contracts, so ending this one an year early doesn’t seen the Arsene way.

Was he forced out? One hundred percent. The empty seats did the job. It was the most powerful of message that could be sent and Gazidis did a masterful job of using it as a leverage to strip the powers off of Wenger. The new people that were added to the board also helped by gradually taking over some of the work Wenger did, starting with the scouting.

Would’ve Wenger gotten Auba and Mikhi? With those salaries especially? Gazidis, Mislintat and Huss Fahmy did all the negotiations. Signing players at the age of 28-29 isn’t really the Wenger way and there’s little point to waste their few remaining good years under Arsene.

The addition of Raul Sanllehi as a director of football, a role which Arsene fiercely questioned last season was also an indication that Wenger’s control is being limited to his ability to coach the team and that’s where the results kicked it. At the end of the day a manager is judged by his results on the football pitch and when they are not good enough, your head falls.

It’s part of the job and we should be excited! It’s an excellent move from the club in an attempt to ride the emotional wave right before a massive game against Atletico Madrid. We have to unite in support of Arsenal for this game. We have to do all we can to win this competition as the starting point for next season we would get if we are a Champions league club would be massive, compared to the case where we aren’t.

The announcement puts pressure on players who always get away with sloppy performances, because under a new manager, they could easily be out! I’m looking at Xhaka, Cech and Mustafi who’s number of errors leading to goals in our net are ridiculously high. Then the likes of Wilshere who aren’t good enough for this club and then you can even look at Ozil’s attitude throughout some games.

A new manager will have no sentiment for those players and that’s why reports say most of them are shocked. They have no idea what the future will be, but it can’t be much worse than what it is now. All the teams who have the infrastructure to surpass, have done it and we have a lot of catching up to do, but hey; getting rid of Wenger is an excellent start!

Now we need to hire a man who can take us back to the top 4 first, then make us challenge again, and it’s not a process that will happen in a day. It took Klopp 3 years to transform Liverpool to what they are now, and even Pep didn’t win anything in his first season here.

We are a massive football club. We have a ton of fans all over the world and we need a person who will handle the pressure and will have the ambition to go forward. My personal preferences are Allegri, Simeone and Ancelotti in that order. We cannot repeat what United did with Moyes although our situation is different.

Fergie left at the top and it’s very hard to stay there for too long, while we start from 6th at best. But still, I want a manager who will know success, demand it and has the necessary experience. This rules out former players, and while you can point out at Zidane as a good example, we don’t have the quality Real Madrid does. And then you can look at Milan and all the ex players who managed there achieving pretty much nothing for a club that used to be a giant of european football.

This is a long topic though and for now I’m just happy. Congratulations to Ivan Gazidis who was the driving force in changing the Board’s view on Wenger and a big cheer for all the fans, who chose to vote with their feet and can now reap the rewards! I am excited, and I firmly believe the future is bright.



  1. Phil says:

    Yeah a big shout out to Ivan Gazidis.And the article is pretty much on point all through.Wenger is no fool.He knew his time was coming to an end.Was he pushed out.Absolutely.There was too many divisions among the fans too many embarrassing results too many empty seats.Ivan G reportedly wanted him out at the end of last season.Thats when Wenger should have gone but Kroenke gave him an extra two years.It could not continue and it didn’t.Perhaps the Board will now realise that the power should be with the CEO and not the MANAGER.

  2. Nayr says:

    I also think Ivan Gazidis is the one who pushed Wenger out.

    Great work Ivan.

    people will be surprised by arsenal player’s performances next season.
    Appoint someone who knows how to get the best out of the players.
    Players like xhaka,aubameyang,cech,ozil,mustafi,bellerin,welbeck, mkhitaryan under a manager who knows how to use them can be great players.

    jardim,allegri,ancelotti type.
    not the rodgers,enrique type.×

  3. ThirdManJW says:

    Cannot wait for next season. For the first time in almost a decade, I will feel optimistic. Every season we rule out the league, and the CL, before a ball has even been kicked, because Wenger is so predictable. Next season, I genuinely have no idea what’s going to happen, and that’s exciting!

    On one hand, things could get worse. Kroenke will still be here, which is clearly part of our problems. The new manager also has a huge job on his hands, because he’ll be inheriting a mess of a club, and a squad of players who have been brainwashed into thinking that their performances have been more than acceptable. On he flip side, there’s huge potential at this club, the fans should now unite, and maybe the ONLY thing we’re missing is a quality manager.

    Whatever happens next season, good or bad, at least for once, it’ll be different!

  4. Innit says:

    Power to the People!!!!

  5. John Ibrahim says:

    time to go Kon…

    time for a change

    1. Adam Criniti says:

      Seriously take some time away from the board mate, your nauseating pro Wenger banter and mindless attacks on certain members of this board has grown unbearingly tiresome.

      Not a single Arsenal fan who actively participates on this board is genuinely excited about Wengers name being dragged through the mud or his legacy being the punchline of countless Arsenal jokes BUT it is beyond debate that the time for change has finally and deservedly arrived @ the Emirates.

      Support our beloved Club that will ALWAYS be much bigger than any one player or coach.

      WTS, thank you Le Prof for your commitment to the club and the brand of soccer that first attracted me to AFC badge.

  6. RSH says:

    There have been rumors dating back to last season that Gazidis had had it with Wenger and wanted someone else. I think he was finally able to convince Stan Kroenke, and I’m sure Josh Kroenke coming in during the middle of our chaotic run in was also a tipping point. What’s done is done and we’re better off for it.

    Cant wait for this new manager. Ready to see the back of many of these players as well and a new
    mentality. Out with the old, in with the new.

  7. Gunners Scout says:

    Not all the fans ! not all the fans !

  8. Kenny Rolfe says:

    Some people on these pages wanted Wenger sacked with no mercy, some wanted him to go respectfully and a few never wanted him to go at all. My personal preference was for him to go respectfully but I must say what I’m most impressed with is the vast amount of tributes coming in from not only other managers but retired managers, politicians, the media, ex players etc, however I think the best tribute of the day came from Neil Warnock. Not only did he say how much he changed the English game and how much we all owe him he also pointed out how much stick the English media gave him, typical of Neil, with the majority in my opinion coming from Sky Sports with their obvious preference for their beloved Manchester United. If truth were told in those first ten years of his tenure where he picked up three titles it should so easily have been in reality six or seven, yes, we were that good, but unfortunately through harsh criticism from Sky that affected player confidence and their preference for United plus some terrible refereeing decisions cost him an even better record than he achieved. Can’t wait to read his next book. Finally for all those youngsters out there who don’t quite realise how big a club Arsenal are, when did you last see a whole day of broadcasting devoted to a manager of a football club when ending his tenure. Typical of Sky, they contribute to him losing his job and then give him one hell of a sendoff.

    1. lcebox says:

      Nice comment
      l’m not happy hes going in one way as i wouldve loved him to get us back to the top but its not gone his way and its time now for new blood.
      Been a supporter for every game hes managed with us and its been a great ride even if its been left behind by newer ideas but i think we would never have been as good as we have been last 22 yrs and then would not have been giving out now to get back in top 4 cause we would not have been used to finnishing that high without Wenger.
      So please let the legend he is go in peace and with our best wishing cause withhim god knows where we couldve been today.

      1. Ozziegunner says:

        Yes, the hypocrisy of the media knows no bounds.

    2. Sue says:

      I totally agree with you Kenny! I wanted him to go too, but he does deserve a decent send off. Will we ever have another like him? Only time will tell……
      Here’s to a new era COYG

      1. Kenny Rolfe says:

        I don’t think we will Sue. Do clubs want to keep managers for twenty plus years anymore? or do managers want to stay with clubs for that amount of time? With the silly amount of money in the game now times have changed.

        1. Sue says:

          Money speaks volumes hey?!

  9. ruelando says:

    So weird feeling quite sad about Wenger resigning at the end of this season, but it was expected, Wenger had lost control of arsenal with Gazadis sliding the rug from under Wenger piece by piece each year and installing new flooring. So Wenger had lost most of his key backers on the board.

    He is a legend, one of football heroes, bringing a style of football to arsenal, which eventually changed the whole concept of football in England. A man who was able to compete even when losing the ability to compete financially.

    We have seen the changes in football, in arsenal, but not in our manager, tactically wenger ideas and tactical awareness, was seen in how players performed on the field, which has been poor and lacking substance.

    I can say in all that have been said Wenger main downfall has been his faith which he had placed in his players. In the last 12-13 years it has been more about the growth of his players than the winning of titles, more about staying the same than evolving.

    When all must come to a end, the time has come, closing up shop in a few months, let us hope when the shop reopens the manager will enhance what is already in the shop, provide new products and new strategies to get the best out of the shop.

    To Arsene Wenger i say MERCI

  10. Avenger says:

    Power to the fans!!!

  11. Xhakazette says:

    Going to stop visiting this page full of pure twats go support city or something always talk bollocks even if we win you skate the players team and manager respect where respect due mark my words wen get leaving will see us slip further

    1. Ozziegunner says:

      So long, don’t let the door hit you on the way out.

    2. Ackshay says:

      Good riddance, go support arsene fc while we support arsenal fc

  12. Kenny Rolfe says:

    The only manager in the top six clubs not to give Arsene Wenger a tribute is Porchetino, a manager who usually shows him respect. He’s obviously been told not to do so by Daniel Levy, a man whose been jealous of Wenger for over twenty years

    1. Ozziegunner says:

      Interesting point, Kenny.

  13. Tat says:

    Best timing, this wenger’s last move just gave arsenal a chance to win the EL. Fan are united and players are motivated again. But I would now be really sad if we lost to atletitco.

  14. dragunov762mm says:

    After all done, I have nothing but respect to Arsene. Merci Arsene ?????. This is for our own good. For him and the club.For our new chapter, I prefer the experience managers over ex Arsenal’s. We are not ready made team like Barca or Madrid.

  15. Clive says:

    Yesterday was one of d happiest days of my life,Arsenal got its Independent yesterday.
    20th day of April 2018 is a day I will live to remember, day of liberation.
    I can nw watch my beloved Club with joy again. I don’t care who we appoint nw.d most important thing is we ar starting afresh again.up gunners!!!!!! We won.

  16. Kenya 001 Arsenal says:

    Wherever the thumbs thing disappeared to.admin what happened

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