Cape Town - Arsenal
manager Arsene Wenger is determined not to let two weeks of bad form
change his two-decade long legacy at the north London club.
Wenger is by far the longest serving manager in the Premier League
currently, but has just three months remaining on his contract with the
Gunners and a string of poor results has left a dark cloud hanging over
his future at the club.
Their are increasing calls from within Arsenal's support base for the
club to start considering new options after 20 years under the French
tactician, especially after a recent run that has seen them lose four of
their last six fixtures in all competitions.
The streak has seen them drop out of the Premier League title race
and all but relegated from the Champions League, but Wenger believes his
future should not be determined by the last few weeks.
"I take a bigger picture. You do not make this kind of decision focusing on one result or two bad results," he told reporters.
"You have to take a bigger picture and see if you can you take this
club to the next level, take yourself to the next level. Are you ready
to pay the price for that?
"But as well this decision is not necessarily linked with two weeks
out of 20 years you know so that's basically...I don't feel I box myself
in a corner."
Arsenal midfielder Gilberto Silva believes it's time for Wenger
to pack it in
and make way for a new manager with fresh ideas.
Silva played under Wenger for six years and was part of the
"Invincibles" of 2003/04, and he thinks the injection of motivated young
managers into the Premier League has made it difficult for the
Frenchman to keep up.
Next up for Arsenal is the second leg of their Champions League round
of 16 tie against Bayern Munich on Tuesday, in which they have to
overturn a 5-1 hiding from the first leg in order to advance in the
Kick off is at 21:45.