Wenger refuses to confirm Arsenal intentions

After Sunday's horrendous display against Manchester City in the Carabao Cup - where they lost 3-0 - most are wondering just how the Frenchman can remain at the helm past this summer.

The experienced 58-year-old Italian has been out of work since leaving Bayern Munich at the end of the season and Arsenal have been mentioned as the club he would fancy taking charge of.

Wenger also pointed out that the Gunners were beaten by the Premier League leaders, and called on his side to be more positive when they bid for revenge on Thursday.

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola will stop wearing a yellow protest ribbon if the Premier League-leading club's officials ask him to or if it adversely affects the team's form.

Certain sections of the Arsenal support have been demanding tough decisions for some time, with regular rounds of protests staged against Wenger in 2016-17 before FA Cup success earned him a new two-year contract.

"It is hard", added the 13-time Premier League victor.

Likewise, his time at Bayern never seemed likely to extend beyond the initial three-year contract he signed despite winning three straight Bundesliga titles. I think that, for me, they're not doing it for the manager. You have to analyse if that is a serious problem.

"What's hard when you start to lose is getting that energy and commitment back".

Addressing a question from a national newspaper journalist about his deal, Wenger replied: "What is above you?" If you need clarity I can repeat the same answer.

"Yes, of course [they gave me everything]", Wenger said.

Gunners players were panned by pundits and fans for a poor display at Wembley but Collymore believes the blame should fall on the manager and board. My worry is to get the team focused and ready for tomorrow's game. That's why I speak about taking a little bit perspective of the game as well. "But nobody can guarantee that". It shows the team has quality and can fight.

Guardiola shares Wenger's ideals of how the game should be played and has spoken glowingly of his admiration for his counterpart's longevity. "We need to turn the decisive moments in our favour and play with more freedom than we did".

  • Julie Sanders