Arsenal chief backs Wenger ahead of shareholder grilling

ARSENAL manager Arsene Wenger will face disappointed shareholders today &ndash; but goes into the meeting with a ringing endorsement from club chiefs.<br /><br />Wenger is due to attend a question and answer session in which the Frenchman&rsquo;s failure to win a trophy for a fourth year in succession is sure to be scrutinised and dissected.<br /><br />Another barren year has seen increased pressure on the manager and led to fierce criticism of his reliance on young players rather and his reluctance to spend money.<br /><br />But Arsenal chief executive Ivan Gazidis insists there is no need for wholesale changes, despite admitting his frustration at finishing fourth in the Premier League.<br /><br />&ldquo;I&rsquo;m not happy where we ended up but I am pleased we are disappointed by it,&rdquo; Gazidis said. &ldquo;But we should not be over-reactive and feel we are in crisis. We&rsquo;re not. Does the team need to be supplemented? Quite possibly but it is a very, very promising situation for the next four or five years.&rdquo;<br /><br />Meanwhile, the club have denied reports long-serving assistant manager Pat Rice could retire in the summer.