Arsene Wenger lashes out at Boehly and Advices next Chelsea manager to include special clause

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Former Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has lashed out at Chelsea owner Todd Boehly after the American’s dressing room visit. 

Following Chelsea’s 2-1 loss to Brighton and Hove Albion on Saturday, Boehly went to his “embarrassing” side, in a one hour rant after interim manager Frank Lampard had already spoken to them.

A player termed the scenerior as “weird” and ex-Arsenal coach has acknowledged that he would not be happy if a club owner did that to him whilst he was still a manager. 

And Wenger even disclosed he always had a special clause put in his Gunners deal to prevent such occurrence from happening and he suggested that future Chelsea managers should replicate the same. 

Questioned if he would put up with Todd Boehly’s mannerism while appearing as a pundit on beIN Sports, Wenger stated: “No, I wouldn’t, that was always clear in my mind.

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“I always put that in my contract.

“The advice I give to young coaches when they make contracts, I say make what is important for you, put that clearly in your contract that you are the only one.

“Nobody can buy a player without your agreement, nobody can interfere with the team, and you are solely responsible for managing the team.

“After that you stand in a different way because usually when a club wants you, you are in a strong position.

“Once you’ve lost three games and you want to put that in a contract it’s already more difficult.”

Wenger didn’t accept the notion that the move by Todd could be viewed as inspirational

The 73-year-old didn’t welcome the assertion that Boehly’s message to the players of Chelsea could be seen as inspirational. 

Arsene Wenger said: “Well, again, the comeback… I don’t believe in these kind of things because if I’m paid to motivate the team, to manage the team, I do not want somebody else to do my job.

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“It happened many times where the president goes into the dressing room and doesn’t talk well at all, but the team wins because it’s a good team, he thinks after it’s because he spoke to them.

“It’s not always a consequence of their speech, most of the time it’s the quality of the team.”

Chelsea got eliminated out of the UEFA Champions League on Tuesday night following the 2-0 loss to Real Madrid at Stamford Bridge, completing an aggregate 4-0 knockout win. 

Chelsea owner, Todd Boehly
Todd Boehly

Todd Boehly once again paid a visit to the Blues’ dressing room after the loss.

Chelsea are now out of all cups alongside languishing in 11th position on the Premier League table. 

On where things have gone south under Boehly’s management so far, Wenger asserted: “I would say I’m worried for Chelsea.

“I agree that the new president comes in and invests a lot of money.

“But if you don’t invest well the £500m, then you have a real problem for the future. 

“I prefer somebody invests £500m but over five years £100m, because you can really change the team.

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“They haven’t invested well, no. That is basically their problem today, they still have the same weaknesses they had before, they do not score enough goals, they have a lot of possession but not a lot of conversion of chances to score goals.

“We have another example tonight, they brought Joao Felix in December and in the most important game of their season vs Real Madrid they take him off because he doesn’t score goals as well.

“I believe as well when you sign players for eight years it’s good for the Financial Fair Play because you can amortise the transfer over eight years.

“But if the player is not right you have to pay the player for eight years, it’s a huge burden for the future, it’s a massive risk.”

Chelsea lost to Real Madrid over two legs
Chelsea lost to Real Madrid on both legs

Chelsea have held talks with Nagelsmann and Luis Enrique

The West London side have discussed with Luis Enrique and Julian Nagelsmann in their search for a new permanent manager.

Reports however indicate that Tottenham Hotspur could hijack Enrique from Chelsea with information emanating that the North London side want to meet with the former head coach of Spain. 

Chelsea have also held talks with highly-regarded Sporting Lisbon coach Ruben Amorim. 

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