Man City fullback Sagna: Arsenal players will be behind Wenger
- Author: Julie Sanders Apr 02, 2017,
Apr 02, 2017, 4:58
He revealed that because so numerous players have been away on global duty he had not even discussed the Manchester City game with them.
The Gunners have lost four of their last five league games and recently suffered a 10-2 aggregate humiliation at the hands of Bayern Munich in the Champions League, but Wenger insists that he remains as "hungry" as ever.
How could Arsenal's XI look under Arsene Wenger next season?
Some 78 per cent of the Arsenal Supporters Trust want Wenger to go when his current deal expires at the end of the season.
"When Arsene starts to win, the fans will be happy again, I promise you, 100 per cent".
City has drawn its last two league games and also bowed out of the Champions League to Monaco this month.
With Wenger still not announcing his future plans for him and the club, he will be under even more pressure to get something from today's game.
Yes people want to see lots of goals, but right now Arsenal fans are getting sick of them being scored in our net! Arsenal is a world brand today, respected all over the world.
Speaking ahead of their clash against Premier League rivals Manchester City on Sunday, Wenger said: "Of course I'm planning for next season, but that is always the case".
Arsenal will be particularly keen to secure all three points, as they are now sixth in the Premier League standings and in real danger of missing out on a top four finish for the first time during Arsene Wenger's rein as manager.
"We analyse what we need to strengthen but we are not, at the moment, in negotiations with players".
Goalkeeper Petr Cech, who limped off during Arsenal's loss at West Bromwich Albion this month, is expected to miss the next two games with calf injury. However, Manchester City are still somewhat inconsistent, and Arsenal were the better team in the first half when these two sides met at The Etihad earlier this season.
They have another tough trip to London to play leaders Chelsea next Wednesday while a rearranged derby against Manchester United and games with Hull, Southampton and Middlesbrough also take place in April.
One called for Wenger to leave, while a second proclaimed support for the man who has delivered three Premier League titles and a record-equalling six FA Cups to the club.
Yet City's England global is wary of the potential backlash from a wounded Arsenal in what he describes as a "massive, massive" clash at the Emirates Stadium on Sunday.
Pep Guardiola said everyone is "OK" in his pre-match press conference, and only Ilkay Gundogan and Gabriel Jesus are not available for selection.
"Everybody knows them - good quality in the middle, good quality in the sides with Alexis [Sanchez] going inside, runs in behind with [Theo] Walcott, [Alex] Oxlade-Chamberlain". As a means of rubbing salt in the wounds, former Arsenal centre-back William Gallas has brutally pointed out that they are most definitely not the only team in London.
Sanchez, who is expected to be fit for this weekend's visit of Manchester City after playing twice for Chile during the global break, has yet to agree a new deal despite his current contract expiring in 15 months.