Arsene Wenger has given the latest update on his future at the club, insisting that his future depends on how Arsenal do for the remainder of the season. The Frenchman was speaking at his pre-match press conference ahead of the last 16 match with Bayern Munich (via Arsenal.com).
It’s fair to say that this next week is going to be important for Arsenal football club. The Gunners play the second leg of the Champions League tie against Bayern Munich for Saturday’s FA Cup clash with Lincoln City at the Emirates. The only thing the Arsenal players need to do is not embarrass themselves.
Few are expecting the Gunners to overturn the 5-1 deficit from the first leg and one of the main aims for supporters is a restoration of pride. Then comes the FA Cup clash against Lincoln City and even amongst the uncertainty of the club, anything other than a comfortable Arsenal win would be a huge disappointment.
These next few days could have a knock-on effect on Arsene Wenger’s future. With Chelsea all but assured to win the Premier League title, the cup competitions are Arsenal’s only hope of success this term. Failure to win, particularly in the FA Cup, and it would mean spell disaster for Arsene Wenger and Arsenal in this crucial stage of the season.
“First of all, it’s always a very difficult period because you play in the last 16 of the Champions League,” Wenger claimed.
“In the last four or five years, we have always played against Barcelona or Bayern Munich. We’ve played four times against Bayern Munich who are the best or second-best team in Europe.
“It’s always a difficult period. If you look at the recent years, we have also done very well from March until May.”
The consistent, almost predictably poor form between December and February is one of the main reasons why opinion has turned against Arsene Wenger. The Frenchman’s contract expires in the Summer and he gave an update on whether he expects to sign a new one.
“I haven’t come to a decision yet,” Wenger went on. I’ll wait a bit and see how the season finishes here.
“I’ve been here or 20 years and think I’ve built the club up. It’s important for me that we’re always successful and that’s why I’ve given myself a bit of time.
“At the moment, my concentration is on the Bayern Munich game, so it’s very difficult for me to talk about it at the moment.”
Few expected Arsene Wenger to give a final decision on his future in this pre-match press conference. Should Arsenal do the incredible and turn the 5-1 aggregate lead around against Bayern Munich then perhaps the tide would turn. Wenger, it seems, is waiting to see if the impossible can happen.