Arsene Wenger’s plans for next season
Arsene Wenger met with Chief Executive Ivan Gazidis this week to discuss plans for Arsenal Football Club as well as his own future.
Media sources recently suggested that Wenger has met with Real Madrid’s presidential candidate Florentino Perez in recent weeks to discuss taking on a role at the Spanish club. Wenger then stated that managing Real Madrid would be “an interesting project”.
This proposed meeting sent shock-waves through the current Arsenal board, but this was short lived and Gazidis was happy to hear Arsenal’s most successful manager commit his future to the club. He now sees no reason why Wenger will not honour out his contract which runs until 2011.
The Frenchman has grown increasingly concerned with the lack of support from a section of fans in recent weeks and this is part of the reason for the question marks over his future.
At an open shareholders question and answer time last week Wenger’s tactics, team selection and transfer policy were questioned by many angry supporters. The same fans referred to the failure to land a single trophy since 2005.
However, since Wenger has admitted his disappointment at the lack of support from many Arsenal followers, fan group ‘Redaction’ will use Sunday’s game at home to Stoke to remind Wenger they still have faith in him. He is the man that they want to take this club forward.
Another topic high on the agenda during the recent meeting was Arsenal’s transfer budget and targets. Their budget is rumoured to be a lot less than the £30million that executive director Danny Fiszman said was available last summer.
If Wenger wants money to spend, it is believed that he will have to sell to add more funds to his transfer kitty. With this in mind, one man who could leave this summer in return for a considerable sum of money is Emmanuel Adebayor. Interestingly, Adebayor seems to have been absent from an end of season party held for the Arsenal players on Thursday night.
The £7million signing from Monaco hasn’t rediscovered his form from the previous season and his commitment and passion for the Arsenal cause has been in question. If a deal were to be struck with AC Milan or Chelsea – who have both showed an interest in the past – the fee would be at least double what Arsenal paid back in 2006.
The central midfield and defence has also been in question this season and this could be an area that Wenger could strengthen with the Adebayor money.
Overall, Gazidis will be very happy coming out of this meeting with the confirmation from Wenger that he intends to see out his contract till 2011. Regardless of which players come in, this could end up being the most important signing of the summer.tw