Five problems for Wenger and Arsenal
- Author: Julie Sanders May 31, 2017,
May 31, 2017, 20:35
"I don't understand and I never did understand what it (director of football) means", he said.
"He's the greatest Arsenal manager ever so it would be sad if that was spoilt".
The 52-year-old - who has been in situ since 2009 and is broadly supportive of the Frenchman - will not wish to be seen to having promised changes only for none to be forthcoming, even if it leaves Wenger fuming.
"Arsenal are not in the Champions League next season".
"This is done, we are in the Europa League, there is nothing we can do about it". I am grateful to have the support of the board and Stan in doing everything we can to win more trophies.
"I'm sure he wants the best for the team and if he thinks that is the way to go you have to go with it, we are a team".
"I love this club and I am looking forward to the future with optimism and excitement", the Frenchman said.
But it is in the league and on the European stage where Wenger and his side have struggled - finishing fifth last season and missing out on Champions League football for the first time since 1998.
But Vidal thinks he should ignore Pep Guardiola's advances and play alongside him at Bayern Munich instead.
"There is no complacency anywhere at this club", he said.
Yet Wenger will stay, and risks his already damaged legacy becoming further tarnished at a time when the Premier League has never been so competitive.
Monaco duo Thomas Lemar and Kylian Mbappe are among the leading names a shortlist that also includes Lyon striker Alexandre Lacazette - also a target for Atletico Madrid - with Celtic's Moussa Dembele a potential option.
Supporters, both for and against Wenger, will want to see money invested in the playing staff over the summer to try and move Arsenal closer to the title next season.
The pair have a little over 12 months remaining on their current agreements and have reportedly attracted attention from top clubs across Europe.
"They have to do more effort to sign a few top players, to win the Premier League, the Champions League and a top competition you really need at least two or three top players added to do that".