After his North London side scraped into the Champions League on the last day of the season, the Frenchman is set to defy his critics by selling the club’s main asset, as well as spending next to nothing on players.
He said: “I feel it is unfair to our rivals that we have such a nice stadium. Also, I firmly believe that future of this club lies in players whose careers are rotting in the lower divisions.”
Asked if he was worried that these comments would make his position untenable, Wenger retorted: “There is a certain romance about players who are ageing and over-weight. Some even have modest addiction problems, something that I happen to find endearing.
“As for the stadium, I never liked it. Our neighbours Spurs need a stadium, so why not give it to them.”
Wenger, who has managed Arsenal since 1996, is one of the highest paid coaches in the world, with an annual salary thought to be in the region of £7-million.
There have been suggestion in recent years that Arsenal’s lack of silverware is a direct result of the manager’s unwillingness to pay the normal market rates.
However, these latest comments from Wenger, suggest a man who is now crazier than a disgruntled postal worker with severe learning difficulties.
Thousands of fans have already started to congregate outside the Emirates stadium, and at the club’s training facility in Shenley.
In order to appease fan unrest, the club have released this statement:
“It is our belief that the future of Arsenal football club will be best served under the continued stewardship of Arsene Wenger.
“Despite having hundreds of millions in cash and assets, we believe that these new austerity measures should be implemented as a kind of slap in the face to the supporters who have backed this club season after season.”