Arsenal’s unconvincing 3-1 defeat of Shrewsbury Town in yesterday’s Carling Cup fixture is not enough to take the sting out of Blackburn’s 4-3 victory over them last weekend.
Arsene Wenger’s position as Arsenal boss has been subject of media interest for several years now. After simmering away in the crucible that is the football circus for several seasons, the sales of Samir Nasri and Cesc Fabregas have catalysed a new wave of frustration and criticism being vented towards the Frenchman.
The deadline day signings of Per Mertesacker, Andre Santos, Yossi Benayoun and Mikel Arteta have done little to neutralise the reaction and for the first time Ivan Gazidis has had to publicly say he has no intentions of sacking the long serving manager.
The Arsenal Chief Executive told BBC Sport: "Arsene Wenger is not broken. To see him portrayed as an idiot is damaging—not to him or the club but to the game.
"[Sacking him] is a route we are not going to go down."
Gazidis added: "He didn't suddenly become a bad manager or out of touch. That's nonsense."
Less than 24 hours later Wenger declared his ambition to stay at Arsenal for another 14 years, a spell that would trump Sir Alex Ferguson’s tenure at Manchester United, were he to retire in the next two seasons.
In the post-match interviews against Shrewsbury, Wenger commented: "I have had 14 years at this club and kept them 14 years in the Champions League. I hope it lasts another 14."
This slideshow will argue in defence of Arsene Wenger and explain why the Arsenal board should stick with the Frenchman, for now.