ARSENE WENGER STILL SAFE AS ARSENAL MANAGER
Arsene Wenger attended Arsenal's monthly board meeting today but his future was not on the agenda. The club has no intention of sacking Wenger, even if they fail to qualify for next season's Champions League. The manager retains the unequivocal support of majority shareholder Stan Kroenke and his fellow directors. Kroenke was at Tuesday's Champions League defeat by Bayern Munich and will also be at the board meeting in London. Any decision over Wenger's future rests with the Frenchman himself - he is under contract until 2014 and Arsenal would be prepared to offer him a new deal if he wants to extend a reign that began in 1996.
They recognize the shortcomings of the team and understand the concern of Arsenal supporters, but the club is adamant, they are putting structures in place to compete with Europe's biggest teams in the near future.
Arsenal FC is facing a battle to qualify for next season's Champions League. They sit fifth in the Premier League, four points adrift of the final qualification spot, which is currently occupied by neighbors Tottenham. They have not won a trophy since beating Manchester United on penalties to lift the FA Cup in 2005, and hopes of silverware this season have all but disappeared.
Wenger's side was knocked out of the Capital One Cup by League Two side Bradford in December, and suffered a home defeat by Blackburn in the FA Cup fifth round on Saturday. Arsenal won the FA Cup in 2005, their last trophy. Their chances of reaching the Champions League quarter-finals, was severely dented with the 3-1 last-16 first-leg loss to Bayern.
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