By Chris Harris

Arsène Wenger is "open-minded" about the prospect of adding a new coach to his backroom staff.

The Arsenal manager revealed last week that he expects to have assistant Pat Rice by his side next season but Wenger's admission that his team has lacked "defensive efficiency" this term has sparked rumours that he will draft in a new coach.

The Frenchman denied reports that former Charlton manager Phil Parkinson was heading to Arsenal but he refused to rule out an addition of sorts during the summer.

"We are open-minded. We always add people, you know," said Wenger.

"When you compare to when I arrived, how many people work with the team? Today we have so many analysts, you always add people. I don't know yet [if someone will come in], frankly."

Critics have suggested that Wenger needs a 'fresh voice' alongside him to help Arsenal turn their potential into tangible reward. The Frenchman insists he does listen to his staff but admits that the final decision rests with him.

"I speak openly with them and ask for their opinions. After I make the decisions. That is the democracy we have here," he said.

"The problem when you don't win is to always raise the right questions. Those who win the games are those on the football pitch and not those who talk in the stands.

"I have enough experience to know what is important and what is less than important. It will be difficult to find a coach who teaches me how to manage a football team."

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20 May 2011