Arsene Wenger may have led Arsenal to their third FA Cup win in four years last May, but that did not stop a growing protest from the fans calling for him to be replaced. But Wenger rode the storm and has signed a new contract, but it would seem that nothing less than a Premier league title will silence the Wenger Out Boys. God help Arsene if he should lose just one game!
Arsenal did actually win 10 of their last 11 games in the last campaign but there were still “no new contract” banners at just about every one of them, so Le Prof knows that he if he is to keep the fans on side for even a short while, the Gunners will have to get off to a flying start to the season, and he is adamant that he wants to win everything!
Wenger said: ‘The Premier League today is highly competitive, there are six or seven teams who can win trophies and every single trophy is very difficult to win,’
‘We want to fight for the Premier League, we want to fight again for the FA Cup and we play in the Europa League and we want to win that. We have to prepare well to do that.
‘We finished last season well, we won 10 of the last 11 games and we want to continue that and start in a very strong way.
‘I am not on a personal trip. I have the luck to make a very long career in my job and I am completely committed to doing well for Arsenal.’
He is certainly making an effort to prepare well. He has got his team together early, including his two new signings, and they have already played 3 times in pre-season. In contrast tomorrow will be Chelsea’s first preparatory game of the new season, which must surely give us the advantage. Chelsea’s last game ended in a 2-1 defeat to Arsenal in the FA Cup Final, so another win will keep our boys in confident mood before heading back to London for the Emirates Cup.
All Wenger can do is get everything in place for a confident start, and if he can go the whole season unbeaten maybe there won’t be any more protests!