Wenger To Arsenal Fans: I Can Take You To The Next Level

Solenn Plantier
Juin 2, 2017

The club on Tuesday denied widespread reports claiming that the Frenchman will sign a new two-year contract following a meeting with the board.

Despite the FA Cup triumph at the expense of rivals Chelsea, a fifth-placed finish in the Premier League was a key touchstone for Wenger's critics.

An FA Cup win on Sunday covered up some of Arsenal's failures this season but the Gunners underperformed and dropped out of the Premier League's top four for the first time in two decades.

Months of speculation over the Frenchman's future were ended with the announcement of a new deal on Wednesday, the 67-year-old's attention now publicly turning to next season.

A section of Arsenal's support have organised protest marches and made their discontent clear as Wenger's side once again failed to halt a barren title sequence stretching back to "The Invincibles" season of 2003/04 - with the manager describing some of his treatment as "a disgrace". "That is an assessment we continue to make as we move into the future, and who knows what the future holds".

"We look to be stronger everywhere". Arsene does not look backwards, and neither does this club. "Arsene is the best person to help us make that happen".

Ivan Gazidis wants Arsenal fans to unite behind Arsene Wenger.

He has come under greater pressure from supporters than ever before, with fans holding "Wenger Out" placards, boycotting home games and chartering planes to trail banners calling for him to go. We want to perform better in every department, so of course we want to have the best team around the team.

"We finished the season in a very convincing way". We need to show that to the fans and we will.

"We played against all the hard opponents, so we finished the season in a very strong way with a very strong dynamic".

Gazidis also said that the club remains convinced that Wenger is the right man to lead the team towards a Premier League title challenge.

"So the board has to be realistic and say, 'Are we going to compete at this level?'" "I think I touched the sky", Pires would later remark upon his performances during that campaign and, alongside Freddie Ljungberg, Dennis Bergkamp and Henry, he was the final piece in the puzzle of the iconic Invincibles attacking line of 2003-04.

"You don't fire good people, you don't fire people who are world-class, you don't fire people who are driven to improve".

"We want to keep the strength we have and build on that".

Arsenal return for pre-season training in the first week of July before jetting off to Australia for matches against Sydney FC and Western Sydney Wanderers respectively.

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