Gunners board backs the boss

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Arsene Wenger remains as determined as ever to oversee a period of success at Arsenal - that is the view of chief executive Ivan Gazidis - who insists the manager retains the full backing of the club's board.

Reflecting on the Gunners' worst start to a campaign under the Frenchman's stewardship, Gazidis remains confident that their fortunes will soon take a turn for the better and the season will get back on track.

Reports suggesting that the 61-year-old has lost his appetite for the Arsenal post have been rubbished by the club chief, who says that Wenger holds ambitions to spearhead the club into a bright and successful future.

"He absolutely does," said Gazidis. "The portrayals of him as being a broken man could not be further from the truth. Arsene is incredibly focused on what he needs to do and addressing the issues that he has seen.

"We have got a deep and strong squad, with a good mixture of youth and experience, and we know that we have the talent level to put things right."


Wenger has been considered as virtually untouchable throughout his Arsenal tenure, but recent results and performances have put the master tactician under an increasing amount of pressure - with some even calling for his sacking at the Emirates Stadium.

But Gazidis has reassured Wenger that such action has never been under consideration, after confirming that majority shareholder Stan Kroenke has no intention to wield the axe.

"No, he shouldn't be worried," he continued. "What I think Arsene is concerned about is what we have to do to set our course straight on the pitch.

"Arsene and Stan and I have been working very closely together, there is no division between us, and there is a collective responsibility for what happens at the club.

"Arsene has been an incredible manager for this club, he is one of the most in-demand managers in the world, and we are very fortunate to have him tied down to a long-term contract. We are lucky to have someone who cares about the responsible development of the club."

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