Wenger: ‘I am the manager, I will decide what happens’

Date published: Tuesday 9th May 2017 11:43

Arsene Wenger claimed he was baffled by the idea of a director of football at Arsenal as he again refused to reveal his future.

The Gunners boss was asked on Tuesday at his news conference, ahead of Wednesday’s trip to Southampton, whether he thought the club would introduce a director of football.

The likes of former Arsenal winger Marc Overmars and ex-Germany international Michael Zorc have been linked with a director of football role at the north London club, with the pair currently filling that position for Ajax and Borussia Dortmund respectively.

Many Premier League clubs now have a director of football in some guise, while others rely on a transfer committee to decide on potential new recruits.

But Wenger, who has been in charge at Arsenal for over 20 years, says he does not want such a structure introduced while he is still in the job.

“I’m the manager of Arsenal Football Club and as long as I’m manager of Arsenal Football Club, I will decide what happens on the technical front, that’s it,” he said.

“I don’t know what director of football means. Is it somebody who stands in the road and directs play right and left? I don’t understand and I never did understand what it means.”

Wenger has seen a number of Arsenal fans protest against him continuing as manager beyond this season.

The Frenchman said he would know whether he was staying or going in March or April but is still yet to make that announcement.

Asked on Tuesday if this was the day he would reveal any decision, he simply said: “No.”

The growing consensus is that Wenger, who is out of contract this summer, will extend his stay at The Emirates.

Speaking about the club’s poor run of form Wenger said: “We had a bad spell but we have recovered from it. We need to show we can be consistent until the end of the season.

“It gives us confidence to create that momentum but if you look at the schedule we play Wednesday, Sunday, Tuesday. We have to use the squad in a very efficient way. Everybody in the squad needs to contribute at the right moment.”

Asked specifically about the club;s top four chances, Wenger added: “For us, we just want to win out games. That’s all we can do.

“For me I want to play at the top level and the top level is the Champions League. We want to play with and against the best.”

Wenger also confirmed Arsenal’s finishing position will not affect their transfer budget.

“[No] because we are in a strong financial situation.”

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