Arsene Wenger says that protests over his future will play a part in the decision he makes at the end of this season.
The manager is under more pressure than ever before in his Arsenal career, and before the Bayern Munich game on Tuesday night, there was an organised march about him which urged the club not to offer him a new contract.
Asked at his press conference today if those protests would be something he bears in mind when it comes time to making a decision, the 67 year old replied, “Yes. Of course, you consider everything.
“It will not be the most important factor, but you consider it of course.”
Pressed on whether or not he’d made a decision, he continued, “My decision is to focus on the next game and make sure that we respond well on Saturday.”
He was also asked if suggestions he’d told the players what he was going to do were nonsense. His reply:
There was also this from BBC reporter Dan Roan who, having asked Wenger if he was going to be remembered more for failure, said this:
Whatever you think of the manager at this point, that tone of question is out of order. Wenger’s reply was to talk about football, but that’s clearly not the focus of some of the media right now.
As we prepare to face non-league Lincoln City in the cup, there wasn’t one question about what a brilliant fixture this is for the opposition, and almost nothing about the game itself.
Wenger remains front and centre the story right now, and only winning games will take the spotlight off him for a while.