Wenger claims top-four failure will not affect Arsenal decision

Craig Dawson

Arsene Wenger has chose to stay at Arsenal for one more season, according to a report.

Wenger has faced growing calls from supporters to step down when his contract expires at the end of the season, with protests before games gathering pace and noise.

"It's always frustrating when you're not starting but, the manager will tell you, I've been working my socks off in training".

Banners were flown over the ground backing Wenger and demanding he go, however, sources claimed Arsenal's six defeats in nine games had only served to strengthen Wenger's resolve to sign a new contract.

The Frenchman has received heavy criticism in recent weeks following Arsenal's Champions League demolition at the hands of Bayern Munich as well as underwhelming Premier League showings that have left them five points adrift of the top four.

Wenger has a proud record of leading the Gunners to a top-four finish in every season since taking over from Bruce Rioch 20-and-a-half years ago.

Normally one who plays his cards close to his chest, Wenger seemed to hint his time was up after his side were humbled 3-1 at West Bromwich Albion. It's more, it's not that, " he said. I take a bigger perspective.

"I hate the planes that fly the messages across the ground", Neville said on The Gary Neville Podcast.

What must be said, though, is that the club are making a mess of this even if they insist a decision would be "mutual".

And therefore, the Gunners hierarchy at Arsenal's London Colney HQ has made a decision to reward their loyal man Wenger with an extension on a rolling contract basis.

Arsenal have won just three times since the turn of the year, beating Hull in the Premier League and non-league Sutton and Lincoln in the FA Cup. "I've talked enough about that".

"I know what I will do in my future, so you will soon know, very soon", Sport24 quoted Wenger as saying. As for all the rest, everybody has to look at themselves'.

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