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Arsenal chairman did not speak to Arsene Wenger about Real Madrid interest
Published : 21 May 2009 10:31:18
Wenger has already reassured supporters that he remains committed in the long-term to the club and Hill-Wood spoke yesterday with the Frenchman about next season. The issue of Real was not even on the agenda. "I didn't ask him, what was the point? It was not interesting at all," said Hill-Wood. "He had said to other people there was no particular point in talking about it. He is a grown-up. He can talk to whoever he likes. It was a very relaxed conversation. "I just went up to chat with him and it was nothing very serious. We talked about plans for the future. He has some ideas in his head and so we will see what happens." Hill-Wood also maintained that the Arsenal squad was the envy of many other clubs in the Premier League. "We have got a healthy, good squad of players and they are all young and getting better," he said. "Some teams have got good squads but they are old and not getting any better, so I think we are in a very enviable position." Fans have been rallying this week to show their backing for Wenger. A march is planned prior to the final home match of the season against Stoke on Sunday, while the influential Arsenal Supporters' Trust has also issued a statement. "Arsene Wenger is one of the greatest managers Arsenal has ever had," said an AST spokesman. "In the last few years he has performed arguably his best work by continuing to deliver Champions League football within the financial constraints created by the move to the Emirates stadium. "Arsene must stay but if there is a need for change it is to the parameters within which he has been forced to work. "The Trust met with impressive new chief executive Ivan Gazidis last week. He understands the importance of providing both the funds and hands-on support for the manager in the transfer market so that Arsene can complete his work and take Arsenal back to the top. "All shareholders, large and small, should unite behind this plan and play their respective parts in it."