Arsenal’s new CEO warns manager against missing top League slot

February 22nd, 2009 - 9:46 pm ICT by IANS  

ArsenalLondon, Feb 22 (IANS) After losing their third successive match in the English Premier League, Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has been warned by the club’s new chief executive Ivan Gazidis that finishing outside the top four will be considered as a failure.
“Finishing outside the top four will be a disappointment for this club. The club wants to be one of the best in the world and it’s impossible to achieve that goal if you’re not in the Champions League. We are all disappointed that we’re currently in fifth - we’ll continue to fight until the last kick of the season,” Gasifies was quoted as saying by the Mirror.

“The difference between real success and failure for us this year is going to be very, very small.”

Arsenal still have games in hand against Liverpool, Chelsea and Manchester United before the season ends.

Despite the warnings, Gasifies expressed his supports for Wenger and said: “Arsene is a fantastic manager,” he continued. “Probably the best in the world - certainly one of them. He has always shown loyalty to the club, he’s under a long term contract and I hope we will be in a position to extend it.”

He also rubbished rumours of Wenger’s move to Real Madrid after the season.

“I can’t imagine any reason that Arsene would want to leave - I think he’s happy at the club. We expect to progress in the Champions League and contend for that trophy, and we expect to qualify for the Champions League next season. The next four to six weeks will be important in defining our season,” Gazidis said.

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