Club release statement on Arsene Wenger’s future

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Having not heard a word from majority shareholder Stan Kroenke or Chief Executive Ivan Gazidis during what has been a difficult time for the club, Arsenal have wheeled out figurehead Chairman Sir Chips Keswick to make a statement about the future of Arsene Wenger.

The 77 year old took over from Peter Hill-Wood in 2013, and his position at the club is largely honorary with Gazidis very much the right-hand man of Stan.

The manager is under serious scrutiny after a Premier League campaign in which the title challenge fell apart in the space of two weeks, and a 10-2 aggregate defeat to Bayern Munich which saw us go out of the Champions League in the Round of 16 for the seventh successive season.

And in a statement on the official website, he said:

“We are fully aware of the attention currently focused on the club and understand the debate. We respect that fans are entitled to their different individual opinions but we will always run this great football club with its best long-term interests at heart.

“Arsène has a contract until the end of the season. Any decisions will be made by us mutually and communicated at the right time in the right way.”

Earlier, Wenger said he would be influenced in some way by fan protests when it comes to deciding his future this summer.

And while the statement provides little clarity, it feels like another layer of insulation for Kroenke and Gazidis, who have been conspicuously silent over the last few months.

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