Does a point for Arsenal mean job security for Wenger?
- Author: Julie Sanders Apr 04, 2017,
Apr 04, 2017, 17:42
Embattled Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger declared his love for the club after his side fought back to earn a 2-2 draw against Pep Guardiola's Manchester City on Sunday.
Arsenal equalised through Theo Walcott, before Shkodran Mustafi's second-half header cancelled out Sergio Aguero's strike, but the point leaves the Londoners in sixth on 51 points, seven behind City who now occupy the final Champions League qualifying berth.
However should West Ham slip further towards the relegation zone, from which they are now six points clear with eight games remaining, pressure will mount further on Bilic and his players.
The result prevented City from recapturing third place from Liverpool and left them 11 points below leaders Chelsea, who welcome Guardiola's side to Stamford Bridge on Wednesday.
If the likes of Bellerin, Ozil, Kosielny and all really wanted Wenger to be their boss next year it would have been easy to show that on the pitch but they have not done so for some time. He might have a bit of a problem with his Achilles and I might be being very harsh, but he went off against Bayern Munich and went off in a big game today.
Supporters hired trucks with messages on the side asking for Wenger to leave the club this summer, when his contract expires.
"It was a mental test and you could see that the team was touched on the confidence front", he said.
"The Premier League is still open", he said. How many do we need to be in the top four?
"We play against a team who are stable in what they do", he added.
"We have to look at the performance and where we conceded the goals firstly, but it was great character for us to respond in the way which we did".
"The second half was much better, especially when Yaya (Toure) went in (off the bench for Raheem Sterling), because he has this huge personality to play".
Clichy is in a distinctive position, both literally and figuratively, in that he is an out-and-out defender in a Guardiola team.
"You always want something new when you are used to something and what you get is probably most of the time not better than what you have, so you have to be careful what you wish for".
"Of course everybody can lose games and the aim for us is to win game after game and get the points on board". While it wasn't a ideal Arsenal performance it may symbolise a regaining of some of the Gunner's vigour and form.