Manager Wenger remains coy on Arsenal future

The Gunners face a real fight to secure a top-four finish this season - something Wenger has achieved in every previous season since taking charge in 1996 - but with just one league win since February they now sit sixth.

"Certainly for 20 years I have done it and it looked always like it's nothing". Suddenly now it's important and people realise it is not as easy as it looked.

Wenger's future also remains unclear, with many Gunners fans calling for him to leave the club rather than sign a new deal.

Arsene Wenger has once again refused to reveal whether or not he intends to remain at Arsenal beyond the end of the season.

They are already out of the UEFA Champions League after being hammered by Bayern Munich in the pre-quarterfinal.

Uncertainty about the futures of Chilean star Alexis Sanchez - who has cast a glum figure of late - and German World Cup winning playmaker Mesut Ozil has also affected the club.

After ruling both Cech and Koscielny out of Wednesday's clash at home to West Ham, Wenger said he was unsure who would lead Arsenal out before making the admission he did not know who had finished Sunday's game as captain.

"If you listen to (Manchester City manager) Pep Guardiola, he said the other day that to achieve the top four in England is a trophy because it's so hard", said the Frenchman.

"Look, I'm not in politics".

"It is three guys", he said.

When asked who had been made captain in place of Koscielny during the half-time break, Wenger told a news conference: "I don't remember". "It's not about majority or minority. That's why you want the fans to stand behind the team".

"I have answered that question many times", he said.

"I wish just to dedicate my energy to football and the next game, and leave my own personal case out of the debate". I can understand because football is free for everybody to have opinions so you cannot stop that.

  • Julie Sanders