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Hill-Wood Dismisses Wenger ‘Nonsense’ & Confirms He Has Money To Spend

Arsenal’s long-serving chairman Peter Hill-Wood has dismissed reports suggesting manager Arsene Wenger is set to leave the Emirates at the end of the season.

Peter Hill-Wood

Arsenal’s long-serving chairman Peter Hill-Wood has dismissed reports suggesting boss Arsene Wenger is set to leave the Emirates this summer, according to the Daily Star.

The Telegraph were one of several media outlets who were reporting on Tuesday that Paris Saint-Germain were confident they had struck a deal that would see Wenger leave the Gunners at the end of the season, after he apparently agreed a £10m-a-year deal to take over at the French giants.

However, Hill-Wood has hit back at these reports, claiming they are ‘complete nonsense’:

“I think this is complete nonsense – in fact, I know it is complete nonsense.” Hill-Wood told the Star

Wenger has one year left on his current deal and has insisted he will honour his contract till the end. The boss has shown loyalty throughout his 17 years in north London and the chairman doesn’t think that’s about to change.

“He is not about to change that.” Hill-Wood said after being asked about Wenger seeing out his contracts

Hill-Wood also dismissed reports that suggested Wenger had a clause in his contract that would allow him to walk away this summer. He continued:

“That is news to me and I would certainly know if there was one,”

“He is happy as Larry and the whole thing is complete rubbish.”

As I said yesterday, I really can’t see Wenger jumping ship this summer and it seems Hill-Wood feels the same way. Arsene has a big summer ahead of him and with his chairman also confirming to the Star that there will be plenty of money available for transfers this summer after revealing cash reserves of £123.3m back in February, this could be the year we finally see the boss splash the cash and bring in a couple of world class players.

What do you think, will Wenger leave this summer? Do you want him to go? Get involved in the comments section below.



  1. nkusuny

    May 1, 2013 at 9:33 am

    I want Arsene to stay as long as he is ready to spend the money. He is a top top coach and if we lose him that’s when we will know what we have. I believe he is the man to take us to the promise land.

  2. Amlydave

    May 1, 2013 at 9:52 am

    Wenger is indeed an excellent coach. With a good spending habit on players with class, he can take Arsenal to the very top of world football where other teams can only dream to reach. Let him stay and spend like other coaches are doing.

  3. Spectrum

    May 1, 2013 at 11:09 am

    The lunatics are off their medication again.

    “In Arsene we rust.”

    • ken lo

      May 1, 2013 at 11:44 am

      You plonker spectrum.
      Just ask yourself one question…why is Arsene wanted by PSG???
      Could it be that they know more about football than you???
      In Arsene we trust…why?…The Emirates stadium…the finances of the club…the trophies already won and those yet to come…the most successful manager in the clubs history…not one (repeat again not ONE) of the PROFESSIONAL players he has worked with has anything but praise for the Prof…so keep on coming out with your silly little phrases and us true gooners will keep the faith…thank you Arsene and long may you continue at the helm of our fantastic club.

      • Pius

        May 1, 2013 at 3:27 pm

        Hear! Hear! I totally agree with you, @Ken Lo.

      • Spectrum

        May 4, 2013 at 1:23 pm

        ken lo – You ask “Why is Arsene wanted by P.S.G.” ? It could be because they think he might be useful at developing their youth players, or it could be for what he does best – saving teams money – something he does very well – albeit at the expense of strengthening and improving the team, with obvious results.

        But then you could also ask why is it that he has said he won’t be going there? Or why he also turned down interest from Real Madrid as well ? Ostensibly it was because he believes in seeing out his contract.But the real reason is because he knows he’s got it easy at Arsenal. He’s comfortable in the job. He’s under no pressure to win anything. As long as he meets the board’s expectations of a top four place, they’re happy to indulge him. And he’s ‘earning’ 7.5 million a year to do the bare minimum. Any manager on that kind of salary should be able to do what Wenger does each year. But that “proud” record of which you boast is under threat with each passing season. Last campaign we only just scraped into third with the assistance of two mistakes from the West Brom. keeper in the very last match.And that was with the considerable help of Van Persie’s assists and goals.

        This season we are still not certain of qualifying , with only three matches to go, and must also hope that like last time, other teams around us drop points also.We’re struggling to make it again. As you can see, the trend is downward. Which illustrates that we’re a club in decline – something that is obvious if you opened your eyes and mind.

        All the other points you made were the standard A.K.B. fall backs – quoting past successes and achievements. Because you have next to nothing to use in Wenger’s defence from 2005 onwards, do you ? That is, in more RECENT times. We were ALL A.K.B.’s once, even me. Difference is, I have no trouble accepting that we can’t go on living in that past, and extending Wenger’s line of credit for what he did back then – indefinitely. It’s time to move on, realise he’s no longer got what it takes, and for the good OF THE CLUB, admit that it’s time he went. You’re putting your sentimental affection and attachment to him ahead of our future success. Do I have to remind you that NO-ONE IS BIGGER THAN THE CLUB? Looks like I do. Not that it matters to you. You and the A.K.B.’s are caught up in a cult of personality worship.

        There are many many candidates out there who could do a much better job than Wenger IS doing, and for a whole lot less than he’s being paid.I’m not saying that a new manager would GUARANTEE success,no-one can, but it would offer rejuvenation and hope, which is more than we have had, and will have if he stays. And a realistic chance of actually COMPETING to WIN, rather than just making up the numbers and giving the illusion of doing so, as you seem content to do.

        “All the players who have worked with him praise him” ? Well of course they would, wouldn’t they ? If they said anything critical of him in public, they’d be disciplined and probably sacked.So they all stick together – both players and managers.It’s called professional loyalty.But sometimes their actions speak louder than words. Why do you think so many players have left us and since gone on to gain winners medals elsewhere ? Van Persie, Cesc, Nasri, Clichy. they’ve all hinted that Wenger and the culture of complacency and lack of ambition around the club are what has made them restless and wanting out.

        They didn’t want to be losers. Nor should you.

        ” In Arsene we rust.”

  4. ucheclems

    May 1, 2013 at 12:05 pm

    no 1 to be compered to mr Wenger the only difference is dat he don’t spend

  5. eriss

    May 1, 2013 at 3:45 pm

    We just can’t have a better coach than Wenga now; and it would be rather stupid if he goes. If only he can change the habit of not spending and do what others do, we can have the best team in the world!

  6. raji rahman

    May 1, 2013 at 5:46 pm

    Usmanov pls come an save us from this problem

  7. ken

    May 3, 2013 at 1:33 am

    sounds like mr wenger looking for an increase in wages if he stays for a new contract as for buying new world class players that would b a surprise one of mr wengers records as a manager of arsenal has always been to turn potential good players around into world class players , hasnt had much luck lately some have left some he sold lets see mr wengers vision for arsenal is at the end of the season , some players do want to win medals in their short time as pro footballers

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