Arsene Wenger 'safe regardless of Arsenal's Champions League fate'
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Arsene Wenger will attend Arsenal's monthly board meeting on Thursday but his future is not on the agenda.
It is understood the club have no intention of sacking Wenger, even if they fail to qualify for next season's Champions League.
The manager retains the unequivocal support of majority shareholder Stan Kroenke and his fellow directors.
Kroenke was at Tuesday's Champions League defeat by Bayern Munich and will also be at the board meeting in London.
Any decision over Wenger's future rests with the Frenchman himself - he is under contract until 2014 and Arsenal would be prepared to offer him a new deal if he wants to extend a reign that began in 1996.
There will be no out-of-the-ordinary show of support at the board meeting because the support is already there - Wenger and the board are united and agreed on what they are trying to achieve and what needs to be done to get there.
They recognise the shortcomings of the team and understand the concern of Arsenal supporters, but the club are adamant they are putting the structures in place to compete with Europe's biggest teams in the near future.
Arsenal are facing a battle to qualify for next season's Champions League. They sit fifth in the Premier League, four points adrift of the final qualification spot, which is currently occupied by neighbours Tottenham.
They have not won a trophy since beating Manchester United on penalties to lift the FA Cup in 2005, and hopes of silverware this season have all but disappeared.
Wenger's side were knocked out of the Capital One Cup by League Two side Bradford in December and suffered a home defeat by Blackburn in the FA Cup fifth round on Saturday.
Their chances of reaching the Champions League quarter-finals were severely dented with the 3-1 last-16 first-leg loss to Bayern.
Arsenal's move from Highbury to Emirates Stadium in 2006 restricted their spending power - and they did not anticipate the impact that cash-rich clubs such as Chelsea and Manchester City would have on football's markets.
But the first instalment of a new shirt sponsorship deal will contribute to a fund of around £70m for new signings this summer.
The club will be boosted by which will give each club around an extra £30m per season from this summer.
They are expected to move on a number of fringe players to free up money for new signings, with Andrey Arshavin and Sebastien Squillaci out of contract at the end of the season and Marouane Chamakh and Nicklas Bendtner also likely to leave.
Arsenal's pursuit of Barcelona striker David Villa in the January transfer window - which came to nothing because the Catalan club refused to sell - indicates they are ready to spend significantly.
The Gunners hierarchy are confident they have the resources to attract top-quality signings even if they miss out on next season's Champions League, although accept that would make the task harder.
BTW Is Phil McNulty's job safe with the BBC?
All the best from a Forest fan.
Oh... and the same three paragraphs that appeared in the previous articles over the last week just in case we'd all forgotten about the losses to Bradford, Blackburn and Bayern...
I was also unaware that Arsenal had not won a trophy since 2005... what would we all do without the BBC...
PM: David, I need you to take the heat off me - I've removed my name from previous articles - true colours showing, I need yours on this.
DO: Right on Phil. How's your team doing - when did Moyes last win a trophy?
PM: Brendon Rodgers is out of his depth.
DO: Are they sacking Moyes?
PM: Wenger is past it.
DO: Biscuit Phil?
PM: Barca are in decline
Agreed. I've heard that Phil is hanging by a thread at the BBC after he was found charging about the BBC offices on all fours, sniffing underneath peoples' desks and dribbling all over the place. He incoherently mentioned something about Suarez diving before hopping onto his boss' desk and scoffing down an entire packet of Jaffa Cakes in one go.
Give the Man a break
Arsenal, with Arsene Wenger has got a Man that knows Football but also with his economy degree know how to Manage a club. Trophies can wait!
1) Mention recent loses
2) Refer to winning nothing since the 2005 FA cup
3) Bring up the 8-2 defeat to Manchester United
4) Save the last two lines for some unsourced gossip
I remember a completely fabricated story on here a while ago - Ferguson storms out of press conference, complete with video. But it was actually untrue, as the BBC man had asked a question after the formal end and AF was leaving anyway.
If he went, it would be a very sad day at Arsenal and for British football. If people don't understand why 90% want him to stay - do some research or something, open your minds.
Keep going Arsene! you're a fantastic manager and we appreciate you at this club!!