Arsene Wenger Claims Top-Four Failure Will Not Affect Arsenal Decision

Wenger confirmed on Saturday that he had made a decision on his future following Saturday's shocking 3-1 defeat at West Bromwich Albion, with calls for his departure widely expected to be greeted with confirmation that his reign of over two decades at Arsenal would end when his contract expires next summer. A compromise of a 12-month extension has been explored, but this would be a rolling contract.

"I think now we're seeing at Arsenal that when Wenger needed his players the most to roll up their sleeves and pull their socks up, they didn't perform or didn't want to perform". 'It's not the last result that will decide what I will do. It will not necessarily be linked with the top four because I've done that 20 times.

"Today, the Champions League on the sporting front would be a blow but financially the Champions League has not the impact it had five or six years ago, because of the influx of the Premier League TV money".

"That's the worst Arsenal performance I've seen in a long, long time".

When asked how he knew Pulis added -perhaps jokingly - "Because he told me".

Everybody in life is responsible for his own behaviour. The latest rumour to emerge over the weekend was of a one-year deal, rather than the two-year extension originally offered, though amid the current uncertainty gripping the club about his next move, it is understood Arsenal's board are making contingency plans and considering potential replacements for the Frenchman.

The planes hovering above the Hawthorns represented the most dramatic moment in a series of protests by Arsenal fans which have encompassed several hundred marching to the Emirates ahead of home games against Bayern Munich and Lincoln City. "If you are asking me what Arsenal should or shouldn't do I'm the wrong person".

"I know what I will do in my future, so you will soon know, very soon", he said. "As for all the rest, everybody has to look at themselves".

"People have the freedom to say whatever they want but abusive manners should not be tolerated".

With this in mind, we're sure everyone can appreciate the irony of the advert - featuring Tottenham's Harry Kane and the word "celebrate" - which coincidentally appeared slap bang in the middle of a Telegraph story on Wenger's desire to stay with the club.

  • Julie Sanders