Hill-Wood backing Wenger
By Alex Livie
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Arsenal chairman Peter Hill-Wood has thrown his support behind Arsene Wenger.Arsenal chairman Peter Hill-Wood has hit back at rumours which suggested Arsene Wenger's position at Highbury was in doubt.
The Gunners have endured a season of frustration by their own lofty standards, as they trail Chelsea in The Premiership and have already seen their UEFA Champions League hopes extinguished.
The FA Cup is their one remaining chance of salvaging some pride from a season of frustration, and weekend reports had suggested there was boardroom unrest at Highbury, but Hill-Wood is unwavering in his support of French tactician Wenger.
"It is absolute nonsense to question Arsene's future at Arsenal," Hill-Wood told the Daily Star.
"He has been with us for eight years and we have never finished lower than second.
"At the moment we are third and although it's looking like we won't win the title, we can still finish second and win the FA Cup.
"That's a position about 90 other teams would love to be in."
Hill-Wood also maintained that Wenger has money to spend and is happy the French tactician has opted to take a cautious approach in the transfer market.
"I've said it endlessly but people refuse to accept it," he added. "The money is there but Arsene, thank goodness, is not someone who spends money just because the media, or whoever, says he needs to buy more players.
"He only buys players he thinks are going to improve our situation."
Hill-Wood has, though, urged Wenger to bring in some fresh faces in the summer.
"We clearly need some additional players," he commented. "I think everyone accepts that.
"We have sufficient funds to buy the players Arsene wants."
Wenger could receive a further cash injection, should Jose Antonio Reyes move on in the summer.
The Spaniard is reportedly unsettled in London and looking to return to La Liga.
Wenger admits he is concerned by the young forward's form, but would not be drawn on the prospect of allowing him to return to Spain.
"His form is not as good as I hoped," said Wenger. "I spoke to him to ask him what was the matter but he said he really didn't know why he has played so badly."