Ian Wright Slams Arsenal's 'Lack of Leadership' over Arsene Wenger Exit Decision

Tom Sunderland@@TomSunderland_Featured ColumnistMarch 31, 2017

LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 21:  Former Arsenal player Ian Wright before the Barclays Premier League match between Arsenal and Manchester City at the Emirates Stadium on December 21, 2015 in London, England.  (Photo by Catherine Ivill - AMA/Getty Images)
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Former Arsenal striker Ian Wright has criticised the club's board of directors over their failure to speak out on manager Arsene Wenger's future as speculation continues to suggest he could still leave the Emirates Stadium at the end of this season. 

Wright told The Sun's Mark Irwin he felt Wenger has been left to "do what he wants" as the tactician and the board remain quiet on whether or not he will sign a new contract extension to remain in north London:

"This is typical of the lack of leadership and direction at Arsenal. No one is making any decisions. Who’s running the club? Arsene is, obviously. He’s in the position where he can just do what he wants. He should be forced to say what he’s going to do."

There's a great deal of indecision surrounding Arsenal and Wenger, who is approaching the end of his 21st season in charge of the Gunners, which has thus far been a fairly miserable one as the club sit sixth in the Premier League.

Wright went on to further lament the inaction of the board in what he believed to be a neglecting of their duties, with the fans still in the dark as to who might be their manager next term:

Somebody upstairs should be telling him, ‘Either you’re staying or you’re going. You must make an announcement’. Arsenal and the fans need stability over what is going to happen with the club’s future.

The people above Arsene, if there is anyone, need to sort everything out. This wouldn’t happen at any other club — but it is at Arsenal because the board are so happy and so relaxed. They’re fat cats, business people. The club’s just a massive cash cow to those people.

All they’re doing is ignoring the way fans feel.

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Some poor results on the pitch have been further compounded by issues off of it, with stars Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez—each of whom have deals expiring in 2018—seemingly no closer to signing new contracts.

What's more, BBC Sport's David Ornstein recently provided an update on where their contract negotiations were heading, per BBC 5 Live, and the current state of affairs won't comfort many Arsenal fans hoping they'll stay:

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Wenger says Sanchez and Ozil will stay. But will they? And will he be around to find out? Click: https://t.co/NI1sjtGRxI #AFC https://t.co/AUGn6JvZa6

Wright spent eight years of his career playing at Arsenal—two of which were under Wenger's tutelage—where he clinched two FA Cups, one League Cup and a Premier League title, the latter being something that's evaded any of the team's current playing staff.

It's clear the ex-Gunners talisman wants to see the north Londoners return to a position where they can challenge again for the league crown, although it remains as unclear as ever if Wenger will be the man to lead them toward that goal.

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