Three league titles and four FA Cups followed before the investment dried up. Star players departed and their replacements failed to fill the gaps as rival clubs began matching Wenger’s renowned scouting network.
Chants of: “You don’t know what you’re doing” were aimed at Wenger when Arsenal finished without a striker on the field in the 0-0 draw at Aston Villa last month, but the Frenchman, who has a contract until 2014, is not walking away.
“I always respected my contracts and that I never renegotiated any contract in my life,” the former Monaco and Grampus Eight boss said. “When I sign for something, I stand for it and that will continue as long as I will work. These are two principles that I always respected.”
Wenger was hailed for turning last season around when Arsenal overcame a miserable start, which included an 8-2 hammering by Manchester United at Old Trafford, to qualify for the Champions League.