Arsenal legend demands clarity over Wenger future

"The way we play and with the players we've got, I'm more than confident that we can definitely challenge for that (top four) and possibly even more, as well, because we have some great players", said the England winger.

After twenty years spent with the club it's not easy for him to take such a big decision.

"I'm 28 years old, I still have a lot of years ahead of me". Perhaps starting Giroud against Manchester City will result in a goal or two for the Frenchman and a crucial win for Arsenal.

Guardiola's Manchester City face Wenger's Arsenal at the Emirates on Sunday with the Gunners' boss coming under increasing pressure to bring his 21-year reign to an end.

"We wanted to make a ideal performance but we were not able", he said.

That was the last action as both sides had to settle for a share of the spoils, with many inside the Emirates Stadium applauding the efforts of the home team.

It remains to be seen what level the protests will reach on Sunday but Wenger will hope to at least address matters on the pitch with victory over a direct Premier League rival. The latest Arsenal fan protest did not appear to attract large numbers.

Nearly £4,000 has been raised through a crowdfunding campaign, with some of the funds used to decorate a van with quotes from Wenger and Arsenal chief executive Ivan Gazidis.

"For many reasons people can accept to come, but, I don't know".

April could well be a defining month for Wenger at Arsenal, with the manager needing a string of positive results to boost the fans and lift the huge pressure he is now facing. "I don't think it's an immediate concern to Arsenal Football Club".

Guardiola will be without long-term casualties Ilkay Gundogan and Gabriel Jesus but expects Kevin De Bruyne and Pablo Zabaleta to be involved.

"Hopefully he can help us in the last games of the season and come back for us in the pre-season".

Manchester City are looking to the double over Arsenal in a league season for the first time since 1975/76.

"City have forwards Kevin De Bruyne and Raheem Sterling available after overcoming injuries suffered on worldwide duty".

Earlier this season Guardiola described Wenger as the "commander-in-chief" and he is confident the Frenchman's reputation has not dwindled within football.

  • Carolyn Briggs