Arsenal Give Backing To Under-Fire Arsene Wenger

Mick Bates by Mick Bates / 21 September 2011, 09:31

It now looks certain that Arsenal will not be sacking manager Arsene Wenger anytime soon. The club's Chief executive Ivan Gazidis has come out and given his full backing to the under-fire manager and said that he doesn't expect the Frenchman to walk away from the club either. The Gunners have made their worst start to the season since 1953, losing three of their opening five matches, leaving them hovering dangerously above the relegation zone in 17th. Wenger has been under heavy pressure following the club's dismal start and the departure of their best players, Cesc Fabregas and Samir Nasri, but it now appears that the vote of confidence from the Arsenal board means that he can focus on getting their season back on track and transforming the club's fortunes.

Wenger himself has said that he wants to continue managing the club for as long as possible and has no intention of quitting. However, if Arsenal's shocking start to the season continues until Christmas then surely it will be time for a change and his 15 year tenure at the club could once again come severely under threat. Wenger is still one of the favourites in the Next Premier League Manager To Leave Betting, with odds of 7/1.

On Tuesday night Wenger's young guns came from behind to beat League Two side Shrewsbury 3-1 in the Carling Cup Third Round. As the competition progresses expect Wenger to take it seriously as realistically it is one of the only cups that Arsenal have a chance of winning thise season. The Gunners came agonisingly close to ending their trophy drought last February, but a calamitous defensive mix-up gifted Birmingham City the Carling Cup trophy in the final minute of the match. Paddy Power have Arsenal available at 7/1 to bounce back and win the Carling Cup this season.

Arsenal face Bolton on Saturday searching for theier second league win of the season. Bolton are also struggling early on following four successive league defeats. Paddy Power have Arsenal as the 4/9 favourites for the win. Bolton have been priced at 13/2 to come away with the three points, with a draw 16/5.

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