Mar 6, 2017 23:34:37
The Gunners boss continues to see his position questioned, but the Frenchman remains adamant that a current slump will not force a decision
Arsene Wenger remains adamant that “two weeks out of 20 years” will not determine whether or not he remains as Arsenal manager.
The Frenchman has seen calls for him to move on mount over recent weeks following another frustrating period in north London.
With the Premier League title seemingly beyond the Gunners and another Champions League campaign coming to a close, frustration in the stands at Emirates Stadium is boiling over.
A loyal fan base will be forever grateful for the success delivered during a memorable era, but their patience is wearing thin.
Wenger, though, has always maintained that he remains fully committed to his role, now and potentially past the end of a contract due to expire this summer, and he insists that no decision on his future has been made.
"You do not make this kind of decision focusing on one result or two bad results," he said.
“You have to take a bigger picture and see, 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. I don't feel I boxed myself in a corner."
Of more immediate concern to Wenger is a European clash with Bayern Munich on Tuesday.
Arsenal enter the last 16 encounter 5-1 down from the first leg in Germany and the Gunners boss is hoping to see a positive reaction from his players to what has been a testing few weeks.
He added: “Everything is a negative at the moment.
“Basically the teams that have gone out in the group stage, they are happy, but we have gone through and we are in crisis.
“What I expect from my players against Bayern is a mixture of lucid rage. What does that mean? Total commitment, but not a silly one because you have to make intelligent decisions.
“You need a good combination of commitment but as well I think to keep your vision.
“Let’s not fool ourselves; we have a one or two per cent chance of going through. But you never know.
“It’s a difficult climate at the moment because we have just lost at Liverpool, so it’s a bit more tense.
“We have to earn our freedom to play because at the moment we play a little bit with the handbrake on.”