Ex-Arsenal and current Barcelona stars were recently talking up the ability of their ex-boss, but also revealed an air of uncertainty about the clubs future after the Frenchman’s reign.
Thierry Henry and new-boy Alexander Hleb both spoke about Wenger’s ability to get the best from his players, with Henry stating:
I don’t know how Arsene does it when he brings in some players who make people think ‘I don’t know if they are going to be ok’. People wonder if Arsenal are going to do anything.
But suddenly, like last year, everyone starts raving about how Arsenal are playing and what a great team they are.
Newly-arrived Hleb went on to stress the importance of the ex-Monaco boss at the Emirates:
Wenger is everything to Arsenal.
The future for Arsenal, if Wenger stays, is that they will always play at the top.
Both players, with the Barcelona team touring Scotland, flourished under Wenger before moving on to the Camp Nou. While they both agreed Wenger can turn it around this season, Hleb pointed out that the board could stand in the way of Wenger’s progress of building a team. The Belarusian hinted that the board are not forthcoming with improved contracts for its stars, jeopardising the future Wenger is building towards:
These are fantastic players, Adebayor and Cesc [Fabregas]. Sometimes I think that Arsenal do not want to keep this team, not give something more.
Of course it is difficult now because Arsenal have a few political differences. When he leaves, I think this is a difficult time coming for Arsenal.