“I made a decision to take him off and his ankle doesn’t look good”, Wenger said. “It will not necessarily be linked with that. We lose game after game at the moment, and that is more important for me than my future”.
Wenger’s comments will not end the guessing game over his future.
“I get the feeling that Arsene most probably wants to be carried out in a box still managing a football club because that is the way he is”, said Pulis.
Asked whether some supporters’ actions in urging him to quit were disrespectful towards a manager who has brought nine major trophies to the club, including three Premier League titles, Wenger said: “I don’t know”.
The lost was the Gunners fourth defeat in their past five Premier League outings which leaves them in fifth place, five adrift of Liverpool.
Outlets as wide-ranging as the Guardian, the Telegraph and the Daily Mail reported on Sunday evening that Wenger wants to remain Arsenal manager next season.
Wenger has promised to reveal if he intends to stay “very soon”, but after this excruciating afternoon he said finishing outside the Premier League’s top four would have no bearing on his future.
A banner that read “NO CONTRACT #WENGER OUT” was seen flying above the stadium shortly before kick-off. “Success is not down to me to judge”.
“Sometimes you’ve got a psychological feeling going into a game and especially from set-pieces”, said Evans. Everybody has to look at himself.
“We have had hard games, but maybe our commitment hasn’t been enough [lately]”, Monreal said to Arsenal Player.
On the other hand, the players of Arsenal seemed to do exactly the opposite their manager was telling them.
If Arsenal keeps losing and the downward spiral continues, it would come as no surprise to see a wildly different Arsenal side next season, both on the pitch and the touchline.
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 equalizer. They could not handle Albion’s counterattacking strategy, and nor, moreover, their set-piece threat, which led to two headed goals from centre-back Craig Dawson. It would be hard to defend himself after the recent struggles of the team.