Wenger reaches decision over future
Arsene Wenger revealed in the aftermath of Arsenal’s 3-1 loss to West Brom that he has come to a decision regarding his future.
The club’s fanbase remain divided over the future of their long-serving manager, with two contrasting planes flown over The Hawthorns yesterday - one reading a message ‘In Arsene We Trust’, the other ‘No Contract #Wenger Out’.
Defeat to the Baggies was Arsenal’s fourth in their last five Premier League games, while they have managed just three victories in their last nine, their opponents being Hull City, Sutton United and Lincoln City.
Wenger, whilst giving nothing away with regards to what his final decision will be, chose his post-match interview to reveal that he has mentally determined his next move.
"Don't worry, I know what I will do in my future so you will soon know, very soon," Wenger said following the match.
"You will see. Today I don't necessarily worry about that. We are in a unique bad patch that we haven't had in 20 years. We lose game after game at the moment, and that is more important for me than my future.
"We have a big fight and it will be very difficult now, but there is no other way than fighting and we must do it until the last game of the season. If it's not good enough we take the consequences.
"And maybe, one day, if we don't do it, people will enjoy it more to be in there."
Wenger later claimed he did not notice either plane, insisting: "I watched the game. I do not watch the stands. I believe we have to live with that. You focus on your job no matter what people think."
Credit must go the way of Tony Pulis’ side who were excellent and unsettled the Gunners with their power and threat from set-pieces, but this was their first victory against a team in the top seven this season.
Alexis Sanchez and Petr Cech both picked up knocks and failed to complete the 90 minutes to further compound Arsenal’s misery, who face Manchester City after the international break in what is now a must-win game to keep their top-four hopes alive.
Few Arsenal players came away from yesterday’s shambolic display, however Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain regained some credit for his honest assessment after the game. The 23-year-old was one of few players to publicly take accountability for the performance.
“Set plays are what Tony Pulis’ sides do better than anyone. We knew that and we failed to deal with it today,“ he added.
“It’s not what we needed. We knew we needed three points and we need as many points as we can get, especially in these games.
“We’re bitterly disappointed and all I can say is we’re sorry to the fans because that’s not acceptable for Arsenal Football Club to lose the way we did. We’ve just got to try to get over this now and focus, fight our way out of this.”