Arsene Wenger has revealed when he will decide whether he is staying on at Arsenal but sources at the club expect this to be his last season, various reports state.
Wednesday night’s 5-1 drubbing at the hands of Bayern Munich may be the final nail in the coffin for the long-serving Arsenal boss and the Frenchman has revealed he will make a final decision on his future in Spring, he told German outlet ZDF.
Wenger’s comments came prior to the defeat at the Allianz Arena but the details of his interview only emerged yesterday, where he stated a decision on his future would be made in the next two months. Asked when he would decide if he will continue, Wenger replied:
“March, April probably.”
After that defeat, the 67-year-old’s press conference lasted just three minutes, and he answered just three questions, but Wenger is due to speak to the media again today before Arsenal’s FA Cup clash with non-league Sutton United on Wednesday.
Wenger’s future at Arsenal was previously rated at around 50/50 as to whether he would stay or walk but the situation has now changed dramatically, with Squawka reporting that sources close to the North London giants expect the French boss to leave.
A two-year extension remains on the table for Wenger but it seems increasingly likely that Wenger will call time to his two decades in charge of the Gunners, following another disappointing season and failure to advance past the Round of 16 stage in the Champions League.
Arsenal are on the brink of a seventh-consecutive exit from the last 16 stage in Europe’s elite competition and now face a major battle to clinch a top-four spot in the Premier League, with a decline in form over the past month seeing the Gunners slip down the table.
With Liverpool, Manchester City, Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester United still to play domestically, Arsenal have big months ahead of them in the remainder of the season and the situation at the club is currently looking bleak.