Sport Arsene Wenger issues ultimatum to players after meeting with Arsenal board

Arsene Wenger issues ultimatum to players after meeting with Arsenal board

Arsene Wenger grimaces
Arsene Wenger

Arsene Wenger has warned his players that there will be major overhaul at Arsenal this summer if they fail to finish in the top four this season, according to reports. The Gunners have been in miserable form since the turn of the year and are 10 points adrift of north London rivals Tottenham, who currently occupy the fourth and final Champions League berth. Their best shot of returning to Europe’s premier club competition is to win the Europa League, though they have been handed a tough draw against AC Milan in the last 16.

And now the Islington Gazette report that Wenger has told his player in no uncertain terms that it will be ‘all change’ in the summer if they fail to qualify for the Champions League. The veteran French manager spoke to his staff and players following a board meeting on Monday, in which the manner of Arsenal’s Carabao Cup defeat was discussed at length.

It was also made clear to Wenger by the club’s board that failure to finish in the top four, or win the Europa League – their last remaining hope of silverware – would result in significant changes. Wenger has relayed that message to his players in the hope it provokes a response when they take on Manchester City a second time in a matter of days at the Emirates on Thursday evening.

The 68-year-old signed a new two-year contract extension last summer and remains keen to see out his deal, which expires in 2019, despite Arsenal’s dire form. It is unclear whether Wenger would oversee the summer upheaval himself, or if Arsenal’s bosses would finally terminate his contract and appoint a new manager to overhaul the squad and get them challenging for titles again.