Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

WENGER WON'T BE FORCED TO QUIT; Board Will Let Him Decide When It's Time to Step Aside

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

WENGER WON'T BE FORCED TO QUIT; Board Will Let Him Decide When It's Time to Step Aside

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Byline: James Olley Chief Football Correspondent in Munich

ARSENE WENGER will still be allowed to determine the timing of his own departure, despite Arsenal's crushing defeat to Bayern Munich.

The Gunners are almost certainly out of the Champions League at the last-16 stage for the seventh consecutive season after a 5-1 thrashing at the Allianz Arena last night.

Chief executive Ivan Gazidis was not in Germany last night but he is expected to meet Wenger this week to discuss the overall situation.

Standard Sport understands the board remain supportive of Wenger and will not rush him into a decision over whether he will stay in charge beyond the end of the season.

Gazidis and majority shareholder Stan Kroenke believe the 67-yearold's achievements at the club have earned him the right to decide his fate, especially with the Gunners still on course for a top-four finish in the Premier League. The club's financial targets are dependent upon securing Champions League football each year, so from that point of view Wenger is not yet underachieving. …

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