Arsene Wenger wants to stay at Arsenal

"The Premier League is the most demanding league in the world and what they have achieved was fantastic and they should be proud of it".

It should be noted that while this is a game that Arsenal should have won, West Brom are no slouches fighting off relegation.

Wenger revealed the world will learn "very soon" whether he has made a decision to walk away at the end of the season or stay in defiance of an increasingly vocal section of fans, who turned to chants, banners and even planes on Saturday to urge him to go.

The Arsenal manager was asked by reporters to give his view on the weird scenes at the Hawthorns, and responded in the most Wenger way imaginable - it turns out, he didn't see either plane. "It was a bad tackle", Wenger said.

And of course, Arsenal superfan Arsene Wenger was at it on Twitter, as usual.

Yet widespread reports are now suggesting Wenger has decided he will not walk out on Arsenal at the lowest point in his historic tenure as the club's manager, with his desire to end his story on a high encouraging him to battle on.

By Sunday, however, the rumour mill had pitched up a new option, with one paper reporting that Wenger has agreed to stay on for one more season. "I've done the top four twenty times, it is not that".

But Wenger said after defeat to the Baggies that he does not think qualifying for Europe's elite club competition is the be-all and end-all for the club.

Five points behind the top four, after just three wins in their last eight games, two of which were against non-league opposition, Arsenal took a trip to the Hawthorns Stadium to face West Brom in desperate need of a win. "It's good today. You say anything and everybody takes it without checking any information".

West Brom have scored a league-high 14 Premier League goals from corners this season. "I don't judge other people", he added.

Stoke right back Phil Bardsley was sent off in second-half stoppage time after collecting a second yellow card for a foul on Cesc Fabregas.

That may be so, but there was little evidence of such appreciation from his current Arsenal team, who did not play like a side eager to help their manager out of a hole.

  • Joanne Flowers