Backpage Roundup: Wright Urges Wenger to Tell the Truth, Edu Claims Gunners Have Changed, Gazidis Upset and Angry, Cazorla Dreaming of Malaga Meeting and More

Wright Urges Wenger to Tell the Truth

Ian Wright has accused Arsene Wenger of not telling the truth and claimed that the long serving Arsenal manager’s supporters are deluded.

The Gunners’ disappointing performances in the league so far this season and their recent Capital One Cup dumping at the hands of League Two minnows Bradford City have put Wenger under extreme pressure. Calls for Frenchman to leave the club are gathering pace and it seems that Wright has also had enough, and he too wants to have some clear answers regarding Arsenal’s real financial situation.

In a recent interview with Absolute Radio, the legendary Arsenal striker said: “I wouldn’t say ‘surely he has to go’, but it is a unique position he’s in because I think any manager in any country in any world with a record like this and no prospects of light at the end of the tunnel, they would’ve been gone.

“People are holding onto the fact to what Arsene has done, and people are saying he is going to tarnish what he has done, but I don’t think that will ever happen. I feel there are a lot of deluded Arsenal fans who are out in the wilderness still saying ‘in Arsene we trust’ and stuff like that.

“You hear him doing interviews afterwards saying, ‘I have got a great team with a great spirit’, but we are not seeing that. He does not tell the truth for me, he does not say what is happening. What is going on? Have you got any money to spend or haven’t you? Is it the fact the board are giving you the money and you are not spending? Is that too hard a question to answer for Arsenal?”

 

Edu Blames Kroenke for Arsenal’s Struggles

Former Arsenal midfielder Edu feels that the Gunners’ current owners are a lot different from their predecessors, under whose reign the club achieved so much success.

The 34-year-old Brazilian spent four seasons playing under Arsene Wenger during which time the club won two Premier League titles and three FA Cup trophies. He left the club in 2005 and Arsenal haven’t won a single trophy in the proceeding seven and a half years.

Edu claims that this trophy drought is due to the change in the club’s ownership but believes that Wenger has what it takes to guide the North Londoners back to the top.

He said: “They have changed the way they manage the club. I’m very far away but I know they sold to the American guys and they have a different way, I think. I will always support Arsenal. I am always watching and I want to see them on the top because they’re a massive club and I love the fans there.

“But of course Wenger can be the man to [instigate a revival]. He is a fantastic manager. You can’t say anything bad about him when you see what he did for Arsenal since he arrived. They won some fantastic titles and moved to a massive stadium. I am a big fan of Arsène Wenger and I hope he returns them to the top.”

Wenger Adamant He Is Still the Right Man to Lead Arsenal

Arsene Wenger is confident that he still is the most suitable person to lead Arsenal out of their current plight that saw them got dumped out of the Capital One Cup in midweek at the hands of Bradford City.

The Gunners, who currently sit seventh on the league table, seem set for another mediocre season, which would be their eight of this kind since they defeated Manchester United in the 2004/5 FA Cup final.

As a result of his team’s poor performances, he is regularly quizzed about his job security these days and he tries to put on a brave face on every occasion. On one such recent occasion, Wenger said: “My job is to be determined and give importance to what is important. What is important is I love football, I love this club and I give my best for this club. The rest, I cannot interfere with.

“Believe me, I am highly focused on doing that and all the rest, that doesn’t interfere with my thinking at all. I am very determined and very hungry and if I wasn’t, I wouldn’t sit in front of you.”

Some football experts believe that Wenger’s control and long affiliation with Arsenal have now become detrimental to the club’s on-field fortunes, but as expected, he doesn’t agree with that viewpoint.

The 63-year-old trainer said: “I can understand that people criticise when the results are not as expected, but it looks like it has become the modern way to think. You say that 16 years can be a handicap, but as well it can be an advantage because you have experience, you love the club. If I sit here, it is because I have really shown how much I love this club. Also, you know you have gone through difficult periods before and you know how to turn it around.”

 

Gazidis ‘Upset and Angry’ After Bradford Loss

Ivan Gazidis has revealed that he and the rest of Arsenal directors very ‘upset and angry’ after the club were dumped out of Capital One Cup by Bradford City on penalties in midweek.

The Gunners became the ninth straight side to lose to Bradford in penalty shootouts, after which the Arsenal CEO apologised to the fans and told the press that the result was an embarrassment.

Gazidis said: “Tuesday night was simply not good enough and it made us all upset and angry. I would like to apologise to all of you (the supporters), especially the fans who travelled up there. It was unbelievable support as ever and you deserved better.

“That is something we will work hard to put right. We all work here and are desperate to deliver the success and trophies we all want. Look into the eyes of the staff here, look at the way they all talk. We will get this right.”

 

AST Told Gunners Are Planning to Spend Big

The Arsenal Supporters’ Trust (AST) have been told by the club’s top officials that manager Arsene Wenger will be handed significant funds to improve his squad in the January transfer window.

A meeting between CEO Ivan Gazidis and AST members took place following Arsenal’s humiliating defeat to Bradford City on Tuesday night, and the trust representatives were assured by the Gunners supremo that they are set to buy some quality players next month.

The trust spokesman Tim Payton told BBC Sport:There is plenty of money there. That was the message that Ivan and his finance director were giving this evening. He stayed for over two hours. He apologised for the result [at Bradford] and said it was not good enough and had to be better. The Arsenal fans were dissatisfied with the strength of the squad and particularly don’t understand whether there were resources to be used.

“I specifically raised this with the finance director and his colleague and they were in no doubt there is considerable resources available to the manager ready to spend when he has identified the players he wants to sign. It’s crystal clear that Arsenal fans need to wait until January for Arsene Wenger to use the cheque book he has been given well.”

 

Cazorla Dreaming of UCL Final against Malaga

Santi Cazorla wants Arsenal to meet his former club Malaga in the knockout stage of the UEFA Champions League or even the competition’s final at Wembley next year.

The Los Boquerones have been in scintillating form in Europe this season and have yet to taste a defeat in the region’s most prestigious club football competition. It is clear that they are one of the most in-form sides but Cazorla would still like the Gunners to be paired with them.

In an interview with Marca, the Spanish playmaker said: “In a way I would like it. It would be really great to go back. But I know it’s a really tough team and is doing very well at the moment. I would love an Arsenal-Malaga final at Wembley.”

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