Wenger wants to ‘stay on’ at Arsenal

- Agence France-Presse, LONDON

Mar 21, 2017-

Beleaguered Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has decided to stay at the club, according to British media reports on Monday.

The Daily Telegraph and Daily Mirror said Wenger will inform Arsenal’s board he wants to extend his contract, which expires at the end of the season.

West Bromwich Albion manager Tony Pulis also said Wenger told him he intended to stay on after Arsenal’s 3-1 defeat at The Hawthorns on Saturday. “I’ll be surprised if he goes,” Pulis told reporters after Saturday’s game, as revealed in Monday’s newspapers. Asked why he thought Wenger would stay, Pulis replied: “Because he told me.”

Wenger, 67, has come under fire from fans after Arsenal were thrashed by Bayern Munich in the Champions League and slipped out of the Premier League’s top four.

Supporters renewed calls for him to step down during and after the defeat at West Brom, with some holding up “WENGER OUT” banners.

Speaking after the game, Wenger said he had made up his mind about his future and would make his intentions public “very soon”.

Arsenal have not commented on the reports on Wenger’s future. But the club have denied a claim in Monday’s edition of German daily Bild that they have approached Borussia Dortmund coach Thomas Tuchel as a possible Wenger replacement.

“That’s not true,” an Arsenal spokesman told Germany’s Sky Sports News.

Wenger, Arsenal’s manager since 1996, is believed to have been offered a new two-year contract. 

Arsenal’s support is split over Wenger, who won seven trophies in his first nine seasons as manager but has won only two FA Cups in the 12 years since. Rival groups of Arsenal supporters paid for planes trailing banners that were both critical and supportive of him to fly over the stadium during the game against West Brom.

Published: 21-03-2017 09:56

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