Sunday 23 April 2017

'It's a dictatorship' - Chris Sutton in an outspoken rant directed at Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger

Arsene Wenger is expected to sign a new two-year contract ti remain as Arsenal manager
Arsene Wenger is expected to sign a new two-year contract ti remain as Arsenal manager
Kevin Palmer

Kevin Palmer

Former Celtic striker Chris Sutton has urged Arsene Wenger to walk away from his role as Arsenal manager, after accusing the Frenchman of ‘being selfish and arrogant’ as he prepares to sign a new contract with the Gunners.

Wenger has come under intense pressure to end his two decades at the Arsenal helm after a miserable run of results that has see his team slip to sixth place in the Premier League.

Speaking to the BBC, the outspoken Sutton offered up a brutal assessment of Wenger’s last 13 years at Arsenal, as he has failed to win a Premier League title or a major European trophy.

“I just think he is being selfish at the moment,” stated Sutton. “The biggest problem for me is it is a dictatorship. He surrounds himself with yes men.

“The last 13 years have been a disaster. The two FA Cups have paper over the cracks. He has brought these players in and they are not showing fight or heart. They are not playing for him. The environment is unhealthy at Arsenal.

“Is he doing the right thing? Does he have the supporters best interest at heart?”

Sutton’s views appear to be shared by an increasing number of the club’s fans, with the Arsenal Supporters’ Trust expressing concerns about Wenger’s reported plans to remain in charge.

“The AST is extremely concerned about the current situation at Arsenal and the apparent vacuum in decision making,” said Arsenal Supporters’ Trust spokesman Tim Payton in the Daily Mirror.

“Recent results have not been good enough and matters must improve. We are also concerned about the drift in decision making at the club with the contract situation of so many key players at stake.

“The AST does not usually survey its members on football issues during the season but results in recent weeks have led us to conclude there is an urgent requirement to now do so.

“The situation around the manager’s contract is of great importance to the future of the club and yet the decision seems to have been out sourced to just one man. This is wrong.”

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