The protests of the Arsenal fans who called for change during the victory over Norwich City will fall on deaf ears with manager Arsene Wenger poised to retain complete control of all player and football staff matters at the club next season.
Although there is a growing feeling inside the Emirates that next season will be Wenger’s last in charge at Arsenal, the Frenchman will not be asked to relinquish any power while he remains as manager.
Arsenal fans protest at the Emirates
Arsenal fans held up ‘Time for Change’ banners at the Emirates CREDIT: REUTERS
Wenger is already working on the players he wants to sign and let go for next season, and his authority extends much further than first-team matters as the 66-year-old is also taking an active and decisive role in a revamp of the club’s youth set-up.
Owner Stan Kroenke, who was also a target of protests outside the Emirates on Saturday, still trusts Wenger’s judgement and will not force any appointments on the club’s most successful manager.
The news will further frustrate the supporters who displayed placards that read ‘time for change’ and Wenger knows that the only way he will win over his critics is by securing a first Premier League title since 2004.
Asked whether or not he agreed with the sentiment that something needs to change for Arsenal to win the league again, Wenger replied: “I am not specialist enough to analyse that. I just think that we are here to give our best. We have been remarkably consistent at the top.