Wenger prom­ises de­ci­sion ‘very soon’

New Straits Times - - Sport -

LON­DON: Arse­nal man­ager Arsene Wenger says he has made a de­ci­sion on his fu­ture and will make it pub­lic very soon.

Wenger re­vealed after see­ing his side hum­bled 3-1 at West Bromwich Al­bion on Satur­day that he has de­cided whether to stay with Arse­nal when his con­tract ex­pires at the end of the sea­son.

Fans rounded on the French­man at the Hawthorns with ‘Wenger Out’ ban­ners, an­tiWenger songs and a plane over­head tow­ing a ban­ner call­ing for his de­par­ture.

That was fol­lowed by an­other plane with a pro-Wenger ban­ner, but he still suf­fered the ig­nominy of trav­el­ling fans singing “you don’t know what you’re do­ing” near the end of the game.

Wenger has pre­vi­ously said he will make a de­ci­sion on his fu­ture be­fore the end of the cam­paign and it ap­pears the news will break in the near fu­ture.

“I know what I will do in my fu­ture, so you will soon know, very soon,” he said.

“You will see. 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.”

Wenger in­sisted he did not pay at­ten­tion to events in the stands or in the air as he watched his side beaten by two goals from Craig Daw­son and one from Hal Rob­son-Kanu.

Alexis Sanchez equalised for the Gun­ners but a fourth loss in five league games left Wenger’s record of reach­ing the Cham­pi­ons League in ev­ery sea­son of his reign in peril.

“I watch the game, I do not watch the stands dur­ing the game,” Wenger said.

“We have to live with that. You fo­cus on your job, no mat­ter what peo­ple think. We have a big fight, I agree with you and it could be very dif­fi­cult now.

“Any­way we’ve no other way than fight­ing and do­ing it un­til the last game of the sea­son and if it is not good enough we have to take the con­se­quences and maybe one day if we don’t do it, peo­ple will en­joy it again to be in there.

“In our job it is like when you have a prob­lem with your en­gine you can al­ways find many prob­lems but is im­por­tant to find the most im­por­tant one.

“The most im­por­tant one to­day was we had 77 per cent of pos­ses­sion and didn’t cre­ate many chances and we have to fo­cus on that.

“Fans are a bit dis­ap­pointed and I can com­pletely un­der­stand.”

Wenger re­vealed Sanchez had been sub­sti­tuted with an an­kle in­jury, which will be as­sessed be­fore the club de­cide whether to with­draw him from the Chile squad.

Goal­keeper Petr Cech was also forced off be­fore half-time with a calf prob­lem which will be as­sessed over the week­end.

West Brom have now won eight of their last 10 home league games and have matched last sea­son’s points tally of 43.

Al­bion man­ager Tony Pulis said: “We had a meet­ing on Mon­day with the play­ers. Al­though we lost two games, we’ve got to keep our feet on the ground.

“We are what we are and they’ve done fan­tas­ti­cally well to achieve the 40 points in the time that we’ve done it. Our out­put against Ever­ton was as good as any out­put we’ve achieved this year.

“We could lose the next three games, we’ve still had a fan­tas­tic sea­son.” AFP

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