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Mike Ashley must take notice of these stirring words from Arsene Wenger

12 months ago
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Arsene Wenger announced he was leaving Arsenal after losing to Newcastle United last month..

Maybe it was the final straw, losing to a club his team had beaten 10 times in a row and had never lost at St James Park since 2005.

In fact, in the last 17 years, before 15 April 2018, Arsene Wenger had only lost two of 33 games to Newcastle.

Since his announcement, there have been some hilarious crocodile tears from the Arsenal fanbase who have campaigned embarrassingly for years, to get him out of the job.

This despite Arsene Wenger continuing to rack up the trophies for the undeserving supporters, three FA Cup wins in the last four years alone.

Through it all, the Gunners boss has kept his dignity despite the betrayal of so many of the club’s supporters.

Now as he approaches his final game at The Emirates on Sunday, Wenger has came out with some really quality words.

Words about what he wants a club to aspire to, words that Mike Ashley needs to take notice of at Newcastle United before it is too late.

Talk about looking a gift horse in the mouth, Rafa Benitez approached the club in March 2016 when it was on its knees.

Newcastle already set for relegation, yet the Spaniard saw the potential and was prepared to make a remarkable career progression, having left Real Madrid, Rafa was prepared to risk his reputation on dealing with Mike Ashley and turning Newcastle United around.

Rafa Benitez has made massive strides already and now needs Mike Ashley to do the same, to realise the potential of Newcastle United, Arsene Wenger with these stirring words on what any club should aspire to: ‘Don’t be scared to be ambitious. It’s not a humiliation to have a high target and to fail.’

Arsene Wenger:

“We want to be the club who gives a chance to somebody who deserves it, to somebody who has a dream and is ready to fight for his dream.

“That is initially the most dignified target the club can have.

“Is to influence people’s life and to give them the chance to be successful and give them the chance to transform that dream into reality.

“Don’t be scared to be ambitious.

“It’s not a humiliation to have a high target and to fail.

“For me, the real humiliation is to have a target and not to give everything to reach it.”

Arsene Wenger also said this in his programme notes for today’s final ever home game:

“What I will miss most about this job is the competition itself.

“The collective feeling, the sharing of emotions with people you work with on a daily basis.

“The desire to feel something together and the target you always have in front of you.

“I will miss the intensity of it all, because that’s all I have known in my life.”
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