English Premiership

Board debate no bother to Wenger

2017-04-14 15:13
Arsene Wenger (Getty Images)

London - Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger had insisted any discussions the Gunners' board may be having about his future will not distract him from his job, with the debate about his position showing no sign of stopping.

Wenger's contract is up at the end of the season and there has been intense speculation about whether the veteran French manager, in post at north London giants Arsenal since September 1996, will carry on.

Poor recent results, including Monday's 3-0 defeat by a Crystal Palace side battling to avoid relegation, have only fuelled talk about Wenger's Gunners' prospects.

Wenger has indicated previously he has made a decision about his Arsenal future but that any public announcement will come from the club.

"What is happening at board level is not down to me," said Wenger at a news conference on Friday.

"I focus on what is down to me, the performance of the team and what the fans are interested in is the performance of the team."

Arsenal are sixth in the Premier League table and seven points adrift of a Champions League place, with eight league games left to play this season.

Theo Walcott suggested after the Palace defeat that the Eagles wanted to win more than the Gunners, adding to the pressure being heaped on the 67-year-old Wenger.

But no one in Arsenal's hierarchy, including the club's US-based owner Stan Kroenke, has yet said anything in public to suggest Wenger's position is under threat, for all that some fans have called for him to resign.

And Wenger insisted on Friday that results such as Monday's loss at Selhurst Park had not altered his relationship with Kroenke.

"I believe our relationship has always been the same and that has not changed."

Wenger, asked if anything had changed regarding his future, replied: "Nothing."

Arsenal's next match is away to second-bottom Middlesbrough - whose four league wins are the least by any Premier League club so far this season - on Monday.

NEXT ON SPORT24X

What To Read Next

 

Read News24’s Comments Policy

Live Video Streaming
Video Highlights
Sport Talk

Fixtures
Wednesday, 26 April 2017
Arsenal v Leicester City, Emirates Stadium 20:45
Middlesbrough v Sunderland, Riverside Stadium 20:45
Crystal Palace v Tottenham Hotspur, Selhurst Park 21:00
Thursday, 27 April 2017
Manchester City v Manchester United, Etihad Stadium 21:00
Saturday, 29 April 2017
Stoke City v West Ham United, Britannia Stadium 16:00
Southampton v Hull City, St. Mary's Stadium 16:00
Sunderland v AFC Bournemouth, Stadium of Light 16:00
West Bromwich Albion v Leicester City, The Hawthorns 16:00
Crystal Palace v Burnley, Selhurst Park 18:30
Logs
Team P W PTS
Previous Results

Date Home Team Result Away Team
Vote

Who will claim the Premier League title at the end of the 2016/17 season?

 
 
Men
Women
Love 2 Meet
English Premiership flutter

Take Sport24's "expert" tips at your peril...

Sport24 on Twitter

Follow Sport24 news on Twitter

Featured

With the Absa Premiership in full swing, who will be crowned champions when all is said and done? Will Mamelodi Sundowns defend their title? Or can Kaizer Chiefs, Orlando Pirates or Bidvest Wits mount a serious challenge? Stay glued to Sport24 to find out!

Latest blogs
 

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

 
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.