Arsene Wenger’s position is under a serious scrutiny and a large section of Arsenal fans are rightly disappointed as the results have been dropped since the turn of the year. Their Champions League campaign too has hit the roadblock as Bayern Munich thrashed them at the Allianz Arena.
Under immense pressure
Wenger has been under immense pressure from the Arsenal fans for the lack of major trophies since the 2003-04 Premier League title. He has also been criticized for his team’s mental breakdowns in the big games, with his side recently losing 3-1 away to Chelsea and 5-1 away to Bayern Munich in the UEFA Champions League. These results have almost assured that Arsenal won’t win either the Premier League or the UEFA Champions League this season.
Will manage next season
Speaking to the media ahead of his side’s fifth-round FA Cup tie against Sutton United, Wenger said that he will not retire from management at the end of the season and will manage a team – be it Arsenal or some team else. Wenger, when asked about his future, said:
“No matter what happens I will manage for another season. Whether it’s here or somewhere else, that is for sure. If I said March or April it is because I didn’t know. I do not want to come back on that. I am used to the criticism. I think in life it’s important to do what you think is right and all the rest is judgement. I am in a public job and I have to accept that, but I have to behave with my values.”
It will be interesting to see what decision the Arsenal board will take, as Wenger’s contract is expiring at the end of the season and there have been no talks about any potential extension.