Arsene Wenger has admitted that lack of clarity over his situation has played a part in creating a difficult environment for Arsenal’s players this season, but insists that even if he were to leave he would work as hard until his final game.
The manager declared himself sad that the club had missed out on the Champions League for the first time in 20 years, but insisted his own situation would be sorted out soon enough.
Asked why the environment had been so difficult this season, he said, “My personal situation has contributed to that. But I am professional.
“As long as I am somewhere I do my job until the last day. You have been at the games. You can’t see the environment for the group of players has not been especially positive.
“Part of being professional is to perform when the environment is not positive. So we can’t look there as an excuse, I just say it doesn’t help.”
And pressed for an update, he was not forthcoming with the FA Cup final at Wembley next weekend still on the horizon.
“My situation tonight is not important,” he said. “I care about this club. Even if I leave one day, I will love this club until the last day of my life.
“I want this club to do well – that’s all I care about. My situation will be sorted out soon, so let’s prepare for the cup final.”