Liam Brady says that the lack of clarity over Arsene Wenger’s future is having an effect on the team, and says that an announcement about whether he is staying or going should be made before the next game – against Man City on April 2nd.
Speaking on The Stand podcast with Eamon Dunphy, the Arsenal legend backed the Frenchman to continue if he decided to sign a new deal, but insisted it was important that the club showed some decisiveness as the team goes through a difficult period.
“What I would say, and this from an Arsenal supporter point of view, I want the team to do well, is that the uncertainty surrounding Arsene has not been good for the team,” he said.
“I think it’s come to a point now, we’ve got the international break, we’ve got no game next week because of the international matches, I think the club, by the time we play Manchester City, could do with a statement saying whether Arsene’s going to stay or going to go.
“I don’t it’s helping the team. Really, Arsene and the owner and Chief Executive have to make that decision to tell the fans what’s going to happen at the end of the season.
“If it’s Wenger to stay, I have no problem with that. A lot of fans would, but I think he’s been a terrific manager over his tenure.
“Ok, his first ten years were better than his second ten years, but I think he’s done a very good job.
“He took them to the cup in 2014, he took them to the cup in 2015 he’s had 20 years of qualifying for the Champions League.
“But we could do with a bit of clarity about his future before we play Manchester City in ten days time. We need to know what his decision is, I think that’s the key point to how the team is performing at the moment.
“Arsene must know that and the board must know that, so I’m hoping that by the time we play Man City on April 2nd that we’ll know what’s going to happen.”