Outraged Arsenal CEO guns for Arsene Wenger’s critics
ARSENAL chief executive Ivan Gazidis today lashed out at Arsene Wenger's critics and insisted that his position is not under threat despite the club's poor start to the season.
After five Barclays Premier League matches, Arsenal have managed just one win - against Swansea - their worst start to a season for 58 years.
The Gunners had to endure the humiliation of an 8-2 hammering at title rivals Manchester United and they also lost to strugglers Blackburn on Saturday - a result which saw them drop to 17th in the table.
Wenger has come under mounting criticism from fans following his inability to hold on to Cesc Fabregas and Samir Nasri this summer and critics have noted that the Gunners boss has looked increasingly strained of late.
But Gazidis insists that the 61-year-old is still as determined as ever to lead the Londoners to success and is adamant that he has the full backing of the club's board.
"Arsene is not a broken man. He did not suddenly become a bad manager or somebody who became out of touch with the game. It is complete nonsense," Gazidis said.
"(Sacking him) is a route we are not going to go down.
"To see him portrayed as some kind of idiot is profoundly damaging, not to Arsenal or Arsene, but for the game."