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FORMER Arsenal striker Alan Smith believes Arsene Wenger was still wrong to sign a new deal at the start of the season.
Wenger penned a two-year contract amid demands from many Gunners fans for him to step aside.
“It was a huge decision for him, it has been his life for 20-odd years,” Smith told the London Evening Standard.
“With an offer of a two-year contract he was thinking shall I or shan’t I?
“Obviously he signed it but as I said at the time, it would have been better if he had walked away to rapturous applause.
“As it is, we’re in a state of limbo where not many supporters expect Arsenal to be pulling up trees in the next two years – hopefully they will – and the atmosphere is funny.”
Arsenal currently sit sixth in the Premier League table, 12 points behind pace-setters Manchester City.
But Smith believes the problems at the club come from the top down, starting with the majority share holder.
“There’s a lack of strong leadership at the top of Arsenal,” Smith continued. “Stan Kroenke isn’t that engaged, not conversant with English football.
He’s not passionate about the sport, as much as he might try to make you think he is. That’s creating instability around the club.