Arsene Wenger has announced his contract extension will be judged by the success on the pitch. The club have gone eight years without a trophy and the main target for the team will be to end that run but should they fail to secure a trophy this season, they may also lose their manager.
The season didn’t start as planned for the Gunners as they fell 3-1 to Aston Villa at home with Wenger failing to strengthen the squad. The free signings of Yaya Sanogo and Mathieu Flamini did little to calm the unrest but Wenger threw a surprise with the record £42.4 million signing of Germany superstar Mesut Özil with has raised the mood significantly at the Emirates.
The signing of Özil can be viewed as a success already but a top-four finish accompanied with silverware will be the basis of which Wenger will decide his future.
“We are in no hurry. We are in September and my contract finished in June. There is a long way to go.” There is no need to plan. I have said many times I want to do well with this club and in the end I will sit down and think ‘how well have I done with the team I have had?”
“That has to be sufficient for me to decide yes or no. One of the main judgements you can have about a manager is how well he does with his team.”