Having previously played down suggestions that the lack of clarity over his future was affecting the team, Arsene Wenger sounded less sure of that when asked about it again ahead of Monday’s Premier League clash with Middlesbrough.
The Gunners travel to the north-east after a heavy defeat at Selhurst Park, and with away form that has been poor throughout 2017.
Questioned as to whether or not uncertainty over his plans was having an impact on the team, he said, “I honestly don’t know but I hope not.
“When I speak about mental test it is to perform, no matter what the circumstances are around you. Is that an influence? I’d say I hope not.
“But what is for sure is that in the last three months there has been no consistency, especially away from home.
“At home we have not been disastrous in the quality of performance.”
The refusal of the club and the manager to provide clarity is undoubtedly a problem for the players.
Last week, Mesut Ozil said, “It’s not just important for me but for the whole club.
“It’s important to know if he stays or if he goes. We need to think towards next season.”
While last month former Gunner Liam Brady called on the owner and the boss to make their decision public to help stabilise the club.
So far, we know nothing more than we did back then.