West Brom boss Tony Pulis expecting Arsene Wenger to stay at Arsenal

But in the 16th minute, with the score 1-1, another plane was spotted overhead with a banner that read: "IN ARSENE WE TRUST #RESPECTAW".

Wenger, Arsenal's manager since 1996, has come under heavy pressure since his team's 10-2 Uefa Champions League thrashing by Bayern Munich and fans made renewed calls for him to step down at The Hawthorns.

BELEAGUERED Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has made a decision to stay at the club, British media reported yesterday. But if you were to listen to what he said postmatch, he knows what his future holds.

Gaining entry into European club football's top-tier competition has always been a stick for Wenger to fight off those critics who say he is sullying his legacy at Arsenal.

The North Lonodoner's next match is after the worldwide break on Sunday, April 2 against FA Cup semi-final opponents Manchester City but Sanchez is in Chile's squad for World Cup qualifiers against Argentina and Venezuela with the game against Edgardo Bauza's Albicesleste in Buenos Aires on Thursday. Arsenal is further than ever from winning the Premier League title for the first time since 2004 and is five points adrift from the fourth Champions League place. "Very soon, but I'm not necessarily anxious about my future right now, when we are in a unique bad patch where we haven't been for 20 years".

Since then, Arsenal have not won anything significant besides two FA Cups.

Wenger told Sky Sports.

"Everybody goes away now [for the global break] and we have to recover and prepare for our end of season".

Arsenal went down on Saturday to two Craig Dawson headers following corners and a goal from substitute Hal Robson-Kanu, scored with only his second touch.

Star striker Alexis Sanchez equalised for Arsenal but it was not enough to avoid the defeat.

Pep Guardiola's startling suggestion that drawing 1-1 at home to Liverpool was one of the most special days of his life could partly be explained by a sense of relief.

"He was injured from the tackle (from James McClean) in the first half".

Asked if Sanchez would be fit to play for his country, Wenger said: "If it's only a kick, he will play".

"We could lose the next three games, we've still had a fantastic season".

  • Julie Sanders