Why Would Arsenal’s Arsene Wenger Never Be Fired?
Fans and experts are wondering why Arsenal’s board has not sacked Arsene Wenger yet, taking into consideration he did not win any trophy in 9 years. The Frenchman ended a 9 years trophy drought this summer, when Arsenal managed to win the FA Cup. Moreover, the Gunners managed a surprising 3-0 against Manchester City in Community Shield that seemed to ease a bit the tension. Unfortunately, the current season seems to be the same for Arsenal, struggling for a Champions League place in EPL and with some awful performances in UCL. So how come that Arsene Wenger is still Arsenal’s manager after 9 years of constant disappointments (reaching Champions League Final in 2006 and they were two times League Cup Finalists)? How come a Big Four team does not fire its manager that has not been able to win Premier League since 2004?
Arsene Wenger is still in charge of the Gunners not because he makes the fans happy, but the board. The Frenchman turned Arsenal in a real European football force in the first 9 seasons (winning 3 EPL titles and finishing as runners-up 5 times; winning 4 FA Cups). Arsenal’s decline started during 2005-2006 season, that culminated with the unfortunate defeat in UEFA Champions League final against Barcelona. Furthermore, 2005-2006 season marked the first time when Arsene Wenger‘s team did not finish on the podium. Since then, Arsenal made an objective of finishing on a Champions League position in Premier League (finishing on the third position 3 times and on the forth position 6 times), a thing that infuriated the fans, but certainly provided cash that kept the board members happy.
As I have already pointed out “Le Professeur” made a tremendous job in keeping the board happy, by always keeping the treasury full with cash. Let’s take a look at Arsenal’s profits since Wenger’s arrival. In 18 years of management, Arsene Wenger recorded one single loss of £22.34 million, after 2001-2002 season (the most expensive transfers were the ones of Richard Wright from Ipswich Town for £6 million and Rangers’ Giovanni van Bronckhorst for £8.5 million). The Frenchman demonstrated an amazing talent for keeping stable Arsenal’s finances. The Gunners recorded some amazing profits in 2001 ( £31.37 million while despite spending £24 million on transfers), 2008 ( £36.67 million), 2009 ( £45.51 million), 2010 ( £55.97 million) and 2012 ( £36.62 million despite spending £52.2 million on transfers). With such amazing figures, the Alsatian is not only a great football manager, he is also a splendid business manager. Nowadays football is more business, rather than a pure sports competition and Gunners’ board is definitely happy to let Arsene Wenger struggle for an EPL podium, without any real goal of winning it, as long as the profits continue to come. Moreover, Arsenal’s boss made some good profit after selling Cesc Fabregas for £29.8 million – with all the clauses the sum is around £40 million (bought for £2.25 million), Emmanuel Adebayor for £25 million (bought for £7 million), Robin Van Persie for £22.5 million (bought for £2.75 million), Nicolas Anelka for £23.5 million (bought for only £500.000) or Kolo Touré for £16 million (bought for only £150,000).
Everyone recognized Wenger’s talent of spotting potential gems among the youth, but he is not an austere manager when we talk about transfers. It is true that the Alsatian manager spotted some cheap deals that turned to be solid players (Sol Campbell – signed for free; Davor Suker, Alex Song, Kolo Touré, Anelka, Clichy or Bendtner who were signed for less than £1 million; or players like Fabregas, Ljungberg or Van Persie that were signed for less than £4 million). Many specialists consider that Arsene Wenger is not paying a lot of money for the transfers, which is completely false. When Arsenal’s manager decides that a player is worth the money, he usually spends quite some cash to bring him. Arsene Wenger signed players like Andrey Arshavin, Thiery Henry, Santi Cazorla, Samir Nasri, Sylvian Wiltord, Laurent Koscielny or Thomas Vermaelen for more than £10 million, money usually very well spent because those players proved their value and became key players for Arsenal. More recently, pressured by the fans the Gunners manager decided to splash the cash and sign the flamboyant Mesut Ozil and the tireless Alexis Sanchez.
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Performance in nowadays football is surpassed by the financial profit of the team, so Arsene Wenger will not be sacked by Arsenal’s board as long as the Alsatian brings money in the treasury. Even thought Arsenal’s fans wants to see Wenger fired, this seems very unlikely and they will have to accept the fact that Arsenal London is a business and like any other business looks to maximize its profits. When Wenger was appointed as Arsenal’s manager, the Gunners were the 16th richest club in the world. Arsenal is currently the 5th richest club in the world according to Forbes, after almost 2 decades of Wenger reign. In 18 years the Frenchman spent £475 million for transfers and sold players worth £377 million, recording a loss of only £ 98 million (less than any modern football manager and keep in mind he managed to keep such a tight figure even after 18 years). Having this amazing figures in mind, Arsene Wenger was a real wizard to be the only manager to successfully finish an EPL season unbeaten (2003-2004), reach the UCL Knock-Out Rounds 12 times in a row and finishing in all his EPL seasons in Top 4. So why should anyone fire Arsene Wenger after generating such much money and being able to create a quite competitive team?
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