This ageing Arsenal Board won’t sack Wenger – but the fans can!

The Arsenal Board need to start doing their job by sacking Arsene now. by KM

Arsene said we are in “great shape” after being thumped 10-2 on aggregate. That statement alone would’ve had him sacked in any top team. We are not a top club anymore. We have a top stadium but nothing more.

So onto the reason of why is he not sacked. Let’s look at the board members who can decide his future and who do absolutely nothing in this football club, except of course getting richer every day from the money we pay to watch performances like that.

Starting with the chairman – Sir Chip Keswick – a banker aged 77, whose purpose at Arsenal is unclear. What has this man done to deserve being on the board? Can you remember any evidence of him providing a strong opinion or voicing concern over our future?

Moving on to the CEO – Ivan Gazidis. Age 52, a lawyer, who has previously been a deputy commissioner of the MSL. Ivan stated in 2013 that “we can compete like Bayern”. I pretty much saw 15:3 on aggregate in the last 3 games. That’s competing I guess? He took over the duties of David Dein – a man who was instrumental to Wenger’s success in his early period at the club.

Ivan is all flashy and talks about money, but has he actually made a strong decision? Isn’t he the guy who should look at this and say, we can’t sell Arsenal as a product, because newer fans wouldn’t support a team that is utterly humiliated every game?

Next up – Ken Friar, aged 82, he’s in charge of property matters and was a major driving force in moving to the Emirates. He’s been working at Arsenal for 60 years! Remarkable, but again, what’s his real purpose? Do you think at 82, this man can still take us forward? A man who hasn’t seen change in 60 years will move on Arsene?

Next up, Lord Harris of Peckham, age 74, director. Director of what exactly? The only thing I know him for is saying we can practically get any player apart from Ronaldo and Messi. I think a few players can improve us on that 5-1 battering don’t you? What’s this person’s role at the club again?

Here comes the meaty stuff, the Kroenkes! Silent Stan as we all know him, age 69, the owner of the club, a man who is good at turning sport into business. He took 3 million out of the club for advisory services remember? I wonder what sort of advice did he gave the board – to keep earning more revenue? Last but not least remember what he said, “I didn’t buy Arsenal stake to win trophies”.

And finally Josh Kroenke, his son, age 36, the youngest member on the board. I’ll just name a few other sports team where the Kroenke family is involved and their recent records. Let’s start with the Colorado Avalnche and their recent finishes in the NHL are 9th, 11th, 2nd, 15th, 11th, 14th, 8th, 15th.

Moving on to the NBA and the Denver Nuggets who have negative win percentage in their last 4 season and sitting 8th in the western conference, again I wouldn’t say they are competing for the top. And last, but not least the Colorado Rapids who’ve finished second, 10th, 8th, 5th, 7th, 5th, 5th, 6th in their last 6 seasons. Again not really too impressive, but probably the best of the bunch I’ve mentioned so far.

So the average age of the board is 53.5, but if you remove Josh from the list it becomes 57. We have 3 people which are over 70 with the owner soon to make them 4. All of those people on a million pound + deals at Arsenal you feel like they should be doing a better job at preventing humiliation on a daily basis.

So will those people deny Arsene’s new contract? Of course not, he does all the jobs, they just reap the money rewards. Will the board change? No it won’t. Why would it? They are here for the money, not for the team. Second major shareholder Usmanov doesn’t have a board representative – why? Because his vision for the team is one of ambition and as Kroenke said, he’s not here to win trophies.

So can something be done? YES, god yes. The fans can express an opinion, but it needs to be a constant one. People will sing ‘one Arsene Wenger’ if we beat Lincoln and that’s as embarrassing as was the Bayern defeat. Even if the board doesn’t change and unless we become a huge money sucking pit, the board will not change, Arsene still has to go.

Tactically and mentally Arsenal are 10 years off where they should be and the board is not accountable for this. They are however accountable for not sacking a man, who is destroying our image and humiliating us every day. Lastly I will finish with this.

Arsene is a millionaire! He’s not a world leader feeding the poor, he’s a rich old person who’s the only unsackable manager in world history. Being a football manager is a high risk, high reward job. You get incredibly well paid to motivate ultra well paid players to perform on a regular basis and if you can’t do that, you always fear the sack (unless you are Arsene!).

Getting rid of Arsene is 50% of the problem, because if we get another yes man of the board, we might end up 10 more years with the same thing, under a different name. Should he go then? Yes! I’d rather win 50% of the time than none of the time and a new manager with fresh ideas would at least get me excited. At the end of the day football is about excitement.

Most of the fans aren’t excited to watch Arsenal, because they know what’s coming and removing Arsene would improve everybody’s morale, because the dressing room has problems, no matter how much Arsene insists it’s all good.

A new manager will also prove the point of whether it was really the fact that we didn’t have money or Arsene didn’t want to spend them? We spent 90 million this summer, 35 on Xhaka, yet we couldn’t get Kante who went to mid-tabled Chelsea for 32? We need a director of football or some new figure that would help with transfer negotiations. The manager says I want that player and then it shouldn’t be his job to negotiate his salary or transfer fee.

Removing Arsene will not solve all of the problems, but it’s a start. Even if we go to a few bad seasons without him it’s the price we will pay for leaving everything up to him for 10 years. I cannot find legitimate arguments in favour of Arsene and I’m outraged that he will sign a new contract after all of this, but he will, mark my words.

If we voice our opinion strongly enough all the time, he’ll go. The Board will take action if we force it. Now with Alexis likely to leave, you understand that Van Persie wasn’t lying. He felt the club didn’t wanna go winning ways and he was right. That’s why he left, Nasri left, Fabregas left, Alexis and Ozil will leave.

It’s a sad ending to what could’ve been a much better story had Arsene left with the FA cup in his hands 3 years ago. Now he’ll pay the price!



  1. hecmanx says:

    Konstantin u are a true Gunner, but its a shame some of our fans have been brainwashed into thinking arsenal can’t exist without wenger

    1. aluz says:

      And they want us to believe that getting rid of Wenger is lack of class. So, what class is there in a 10-2 loss to one team. What class is there in being flower girls, escorting the bride to the trophy each season? It’s time for consistent action-packed protest, fans

    2. Budd says:

      Yeah, just like Garry Neville. Another true gunner. Btw, is Gooner, I believe this is what it was 30 years ago. Maybe got changed in 2004 when Mitov started to follow the Arsenal.

  2. arsenal_canada says:

    Top notch post. Agree with everything.

  3. SoOpa AeoN says:

    Hey Mr Konstantin………… How did you put this all together???
    Epic Truth!!!

  4. antiwenger says:

    Giving Wenger a new contract when Luis Enrique will be available in the summer is CRIMINAL.
    Wenger earns a whooping £8.5m a year,this is double what Simeone (£4m) and Allegri (£3.5m) earn and triple what Joachim low (£2.8m) earns.Even Luis Enrique earns £7m a year.
    Judge for yourselves

  5. Ramterta says:

    the fans need to be clear vocal and be prudent.Otherwise our once beloved club is going down the drain

  6. mark says:

    I think Wenger is deluded because of the points raised in this article. He has no-one criticising his efforts because they remain consistent. On the face of it to a non football fan our club is amazingly consistent and successful.

    Sadly, we have a manager who is firmly fixed in his view that HE is the best person to run the club.

    And as the article says, without an appetite for change that comes from above, as long as AW delivers the consistency he will stay as long as HE wants to.

    Being single minded is an asset in life, but it risks you never accepting reasoned arguments that go against your own.

    The end result of that is you look deluded and people are utterly bewildered at your lack of self awareness.

    Put simply, you are a stubborn old git with grumpy fixed views.

  7. lord wafflebury says:

    100% with you Konstantin..great article. The board are and always have been the problem at Arsenal. Hounding out David Dein, the Usmanov situation, the underhanded way that outgoing directors sold their shares to Kroenke and now the contract saga with Wenger.
    Lets continue with the demonstrations but in a civilised and respectful manner that,after all this time, Arsene deserves and focus on the contract not his sacking. Also, if the board wont take notice, hit them where it the pocket. Those that want Wenger out, stop buying merchandise online and in the shop. In the stadium stop buying programmes and drinks and food. Send them a message. I certainly recently stopped all that. In addition empty seats…if season ticket holders who are disillusioned didnt turn up for televised games, didnt sell them on either then it would be soon splashed across the media. I know it is detrimental to the teams morale, but ffs it cant be any worse than it already is….All this he going to sign or sanchez….2-10 aggregate to bayern !
    If we are all united with this then hell yes, we can effect the necessary change in the boards thinking and actions.

    1. vinie2000 says:

      Well only Arsenal do this. they gave contract extensions to Per- LeCoq- Kos – OG and nobody else.Freaking akward. Are they the best players in the team? Are they the biggest shirt sellers and merchandising? Are they the CORE of our future plans ? No, No and No. If they have offered Ozil and Sanchez new contracts first earning less than the likes of Rooney ( past his best ) same as Ramsey and Theo then you are MAD. On the top, if they were offered new contacts they will increase their value in any future sale not going for free. Also, show you the intent to keep your key players happy and fans alike. Anyway, i just waiting for the season to end and changes start to happen.

  8. vinie2000 says:

    Well fellow Gooners, another insipid and melancholic day for us even though is being shinny in London. i found this in an article and just really drive me even nutter:
    The top spenders are, unsurprisingly, Manchester City. Between 2014 and the current campaign City have spent £436 million and have recouped £113 million in their transfer dealings. This gives them a net spend over the same period of £323 million.

    United, whose net spend over three seasons is £279 million.
    Chelsea have been big spenders in transfer terms, spending £307 million , Chelsea’s transfer income since the beginning of the 2014-2015 season stands at £291 million pounds, giving the club a net spend of just £16 million.

    Arsenal have spent £222 million in three seasons and their transfer dealings have bought in just £95 million. Net spend £127 million

    That said it all, 127 millions in 3 years comes to about 40 million per year. HOW THE HELL WE ARE GONNA COMPETE WITH THE BIG ONES?
    Pep is lining up 40 millions for Abumyang in summer so why we can not match at least 45 even 50? Or go for cheapest option Lacazette ( ST ) 35 – 40 million? Rodrgiuez ( LB ) 20-25 and a decent DM 35 million ( Carvalho ) just to mention = 120 millions in one transfer and we get a team to challenge. Getting rid of the deadwood will give us about 50 million back so net spent 70 million. Come on, we need OUR BELOVED ARSENAL BACK on the TOP!

  9. Fatboy Gooney says:

    Nice article Konstantin,
    you done your homework with this one mate ??

  10. ArseOverTit says:

    A minor revolution is surely needed at AFC and has been for a loooonnnggggggg time!

    Nicely penned Konstantin.

  11. Fatboy Gooney says:

    Mr chips statement made on Arsenal’s official site:

    “We are fully aware of the attention currently focused on the club and understand the debate,” he said via the official Arsenal website.

    “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.

    “Arsène 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.”

    ?? you have to laugh at the ” fans are entitled to their different individual opinions” part ? as if it’s only a handful that want Wenger out.

  12. tweety says:

    well done konstantin, you hit the nail exactly on its head. a true picture of the board. money, money, and more money. they dont care about us supporters. we need new ideas. when aw came he inherited a wonderful bunch of players, thats why we won honours. gooner = for ever

  13. Ks-Gunner says:

    No matter what happens. To many fans are simple obsessed with the old fart. Failuare wont change anything.

    1. arsenalfan1 says:

      Great article!

      I note the poisonous Sir Fish & Chips’ reference to the fans being entitled to their ‘individual’ opinions. Divide and conquer seems to be the order of the day. As well as all the briefing against our best player Sanchez simply because he hates the mediocrity at the club.

      Truly a bunch of poisonous and parasitical thugs (each trousering millions every year) have hijacked and taken over our beloved Arsenal.

  14. synthiagoCazorla..HUMVN,Machine says:

    Geez Kostantin!

    This article way up there among the best ever on JA.. you spoke from the heart.

    “…I’m outraged that he will sign a new contract after all of this, but he will, mark my words.”


  15. frank says:

    This is the article I have been wanting. This should be posted on every Arsenal fans site in the world, on the BBC, Facebook and even sent to the board as a reflection of what we think of them and Kroenke.

    Kroenke should never have been allowed to buy more than 30% of the Arsenal shares. No one should have been allowed to, the club is run by a dictator when you have a majority shareholder that owns more than 50%. I started following Arsenal because it was a club for the fans but it is far from being that now. Now it’s just a money machine for rich pricks that ignore the fans.

    The only way things will change is if Arsenal finish out of the top 4 for consecutive years, maybe even more. I hope we are a mid table team for a few years if it means Kroenke sells his shares. He is the reason our club has lost touch with its fans. Sometimes you have to take a few steps back to make leaps forward.

  16. Vlad says:

    Phew… now I can sleep better knowing that if Wenger leaves Konstantin is going to get excited again about watching our games. Dude, you’ve got all your stats and facts right in front of you, yet you still don’t get it – Wenger DOES his job, and he does it extremely WELL. Why else would he still be in charge? The owner, and the board are happy with everything. They don’t care about game results, they only care about MONEY! So Wenger is NOT the problem. Repeat after me: WENGER IS NOT THE PROBLEM. Nothing is going to change at Arsenal whether he stays or leaves. The board will just get another puppet and will give him the same objectives: stay in top 4, make sure the cash is coming, and if you win an occasional FA Cup trophy or whatever, that’s just an added bonus.

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