Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger must get it right as his team faces Sunderland, says football guru

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is under pressure.
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is under pressure.
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SUNDERLAND fans might think they have problems with their start to the season so far, but consider Sunday’s opponents, Arsenal.

If 16th in the Premier League is problematic for the Black Cats, 15th is catastrophic for the Gunners.

Football guru Alex Fynn.

Football guru Alex Fynn.

And while their lowly league position might be temporary, no silverware since 2005 indicates a longer decline.

With a fans’ protest against Arsene Wenger potentially on the cards during Sunderland’s game against Arsenal this weekend, the release of an authoritative, updated book which charted the rise, and now the potential fall, of Arsenal and Wenger could hardly be better timed. The Echo’s GRAEME ANDERSON talks to Alex Fynn, co-author of Arsenal: The Making of a Modern Superclub.

Arsene Wenger could hardly have been more forthright. “Alex Fynn is a football guru and I’m always interested in what he has to say,” he said.

It’s a quote the Frenchman might have cause to regret as Fynn’s re-released book examines in forensic detail just where the Gunners have gone wrong in recent years and lays the blame squarely at the manager’s door.

“Guru” of course is not a job description.

Fynn is a football consultant who was 20 years with Saatchi & Saatchi advertising, specialising in sport, and has advised several clubs, including Arsenal, and sports federations on media and marketing.

The Sunday Times called him the “spiritual godfather of the Premier League” and across the years in his position of power and influence, he has been perfectly positioned to observe and chronicle the rise of Arsenal under David Dein and Wenger – the club’s remarkable achievements on and off the pitch during Wenger’s 15 years at the helm.

Read Graeme’s full feature about Arsenal in today’s Echo.