Sunday, March 19, 2017

"I will announce my Arsenal future 'very soon' " - Wenger

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger says he will announce "very soon" whether he will remain at the club after reaching a decision on his future.

Wenger was speaking after a 3-1 Premier League loss at West Brom, a fourth league defeat in five matches.

The loss increased the pressure on the beleaguered Frenchman and left Arsenal facing the prospect of failing to finish in the top four for the first time since he joined the club in 1996.

"I know what I will do," said Wenger. "You will soon know.

Asked if he had let anyone else know the decision, including the club, he said: "No."

He said further "Today I do not necessarily worry about that. We are in a unique bad patch we never had in 20 years.

"We lose game after game at the moment and that for me is much more important than my future."

And on whether he had seen the plane banners during the game, he replied: "I watch the game, I do not watch the stands during the game. I believe that you have to live with that. You focus on your job, no matter what people think."

Wenger then touched on whether the atmosphere from disgruntled fans has been affecting his team during a game.

"I don't know. In our job it's like when you have a problem with your engine -- you can always find many problems, but it's important to find the most important one," he said.

"I think the most important one today was that we had 77 per cent of possession and didn't create many chances. We have to focus on that.

Fans are a bit disappointed, which I can completely understand. [But that doesn't] explain why we have not created goal chances."

Wenger's contract expires at the end of the season but he has been offered a new two-year deal.

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