West Brom manager Tony Pulis says Arsene Wenger told him he would be staying on at Arsenal following Saturday’s 3-1 defeat at the Hawthorns.
The Gunners slipped to another miserable defeat against Pulis’s side that leaves them sixth in the table going into the international break.
Speaking after the match Wenger announced he had made a decision on his future which he would reveal shortly.
When asked whether he thought Wenger would say, Pulis gave his opinion. “I’ll be surprised if he goes,” he told The Sun, before being asked why to why he replied, “Because he told me.”
Pulis also gave his backing to Wenger describing the Frenchman as the best manager in the club’s history.
“I think he’s the greatest manager Arsenal have ever had,” he added. “They could finish in the top four and win an FA Cup — that’s not too bad is it?
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“I don’t think respect counts now. People live for today. If you’re asking me what Arsenal should or shouldn’t do I’m the wrong person.”
Reports on Sunday have claimed that Wenger will indeed sign a new one-year deal at Arsenal and there is growing expectation that he will stay on at the club.
However, outlets in Germany are also reporting an approach by the Gunners for Borussia Dortmund boss Thomas Tuchel who has long been linked with replacing Wenger at the club.