Wenger on his future, June’s board meeting & director of football role – transcript

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Arsene Wenger says a board meeting at the Emirates in early June will bring to the fore a number of issues that will define Arsenal’s summer plans. Facing the media ahead of the Gunners final Premier League game of the season with Everton, the boss was also quizzed on his previous comments about working with a director of football

Facing the media ahead of the Gunners final Premier League game of the season with Everton, the boss was also quizzed on his previous comments about working with a director of football

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Questions from Sky Sports…

Will this be your last game at the Emirates?

Of the season? Yes.

Ever?

I cannot tell you that.

It’s the stadium you built, with your results and the way you’ve handled the club in the early years, if you are saying goodbye do you not feel the fans need to know so they can say goodbye to you properly on Sunday.

I think what is the most important for us is to win the football game we play on Sunday. After that, what happens to me, is less important. I’m here to serve the club and the best way to do it is to win the next game.

There’s a board meeting coming up is that going to happen before or after the FA Cup final?

I think it’s after the FA Cup.

So that would be when things are finalised? Is that your understanding?

Yes.

Last week you said you’d never work with a director of football…

No.

…in a way, even though that role didn’t really exist then, wasn’t David Dein that kind of figure, that you worked well with…

Director of football, when I say that, is the guy who decides the decision that is normally down to the manager – selection of players to buy and matters that concern the functioning of the team on a daily basis. Of course, we can need help to become better; I’m always open to that.

So you’re open to that kind of figure? Someone you get along with…

I am always open to things that improve the quality and the future of the club. After that you have to see if it’s really efficient because the titles [of roles in the club] do not always make you better.

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Questions from the Evening Standard’s James Olley…

You said your future will be decided at the board meeting at the end of the season…

I didn’t say that. You interpreted it like that.

How should I interpret it?

I don’t know. I have been asked if there is a board meeting before the cup final and I said, ‘No, after.’ Of course, I will be there. At the moment I think we should focus on the short-term and what’s going on on Sunday and at the cup final.

So what will happen at that board meeting, if it’s not to decide your future?

There are certainly many aspects of a football club that need to be discussed at a board meeting. One of them is what’s happening with the manager’s future, the players who are coming in, the renewal of contracts and all that. You don’t miss problems in a board meeting?

So we’re likely to get an announcement a few days after that, about what you’re doing?

Yeah, of course.

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