Arsene Wenger gives the clearest indication yet that he may step down as Arsenal boss, after his side suffer their sixth defeat in nine games.
BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND, UNITED KINGDOM (MARCH 18, 2017) (REUTERS) – A downbeat Arsene Wenger said he has decided on his Arsenal future and would reveal all soon after his side slumped to a dismal 3-1 defeat at West Bromwich Albion on Saturday (March 18).
Two goals by Craig Dawson and one from substitute Hal Robson-Kanu meant Arsenal have lost four of their last five Premier League games — the worst run in Wenger’s 21-year rule at the north London club.
Arsenal could slip to sixth place on Sunday if Manchester United beat Middlesbrough, piling more pressure on Wenger, and fans — even his most loyal disciples — are losing patience.
Banners calling for him to go were evident among the travelling fans while above, circling like a vulture, a small plane trailed the slogan “NO CONTRACT #WENGEROUT”.
Wenger appeared as deflated as his team afterwards when facing reporters.
“Don’t worry, I know what I will do in my future,” Wenger told reporters. “You will soon know. Very soon. You will see.
“Today, I don’t necessarily worry about that. I know what I (will) do.” Wenger said the club were not aware of his decision and nothing would be announced during the international break.
It was a familiar tale of woe at the Hawthorns where Arsenal enjoyed 77 percent of the possession but managed only two shots on target — one of which was Alexis Sanchez’s equaliser.
Lacking any spark up front and in disarray at the back with Dawson given a free run to head in two corners, Arsenal are in danger of sliding out of contention for a top-four finish.
That has never happened under Wenger, whose last Premier League title was 13 years ago.