Arsene Wenger: Arsenal 'further behind' than Wenger thinks, says Gary Lineker

Former Arsenal striker Ian Wright fears Arsene Wenger could leave the Gunners in the lurch by walking away this week - and believes the English Premier League club only have themselves to blame.

"The only other example of a manager that decides when and where he goes is Sir Alex Ferguson, but he was still winning league titles".

The new contract is said to have been on the table long before last weekend's FA Cup final win over Chelsea.

The positive finish to the season certainly helped to make the meeting run smoothly, although there has always been the sense that Kroenke was ready to stand by Wenger. "He has a fantastic track record and has our full backing".

But Wenger said the criticism he received this season in the build-up to the final was "a disgrace" he will "never forget".

Wenger has come under greater pressure from supporters than ever before, with fans holding "Wenger Out" placards, boycotting home games and chartering planes to trail banners calling for him to go.

However, with his previous contract set to expire in the summer, some fans had voiced their desire for his exit, citing a disappointing Premier League season which ended with failure to qualify for the Champions League for the first time in 19 years.

Wenger, who has won the FA Cup three times in the last four years, showed how much the abuse had affected him last week when he spoke to the BBC before the Wembley showdown with Chelsea.

The 28-year-old Chilean, though, has made it clear to be a great player you need to win trophies on a regular basis - two Copas America have sated his worldwide appetite - hence why Bayern Munich's apparent interest in him could turn his head.

His key objectives for the close season will be to tie star duo Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil to new contracts and strengthen his squad for the rigours of a Europa League campaign.

"If you ask me now whether Arsenal are going to be in the top four next season, I would say most probably not".

"The behaviour of some people during the season, that is what hurts me most. It's what we all want and I know it's what our fans around the world demand".

  • Zachary Reyes