Reports from the UK state that no decision will be made on Arsene Wenger’s future at Arsenal before the end of the season.
BBC Sport reports that a new contract for the Frenchman remains on the table, despite the heavy 5-1 defeat suffered by the Gunners at the hands of FC Bayern München in Germany on Wednesday night.
After 20 years in charge at the London club, it is believed that any decision for Wenger to stay or leave will be mutual between the two parties, and that the 67-year-old will not be pushed.
Wenger typically makes his decisions regarding his future at the end of a season, allowing him to reflect on the completed campaign.
His contract with Arsenal does expire at the end of the season, however, so a clear decision on his future will have to be made.
Gunners fans will certainly have mixed feelings about letting go of Wenger, who has shown the club such incredible loyalty and has been such a strong and reliable leader in many ways.
Arsenal have not won the league since 2004, and have little to show for their European exploits, despite qualifying for the UEFA Champions League like clockwork for 14 years running.
This latest damaging defeat has many sounding the alarms, convinced that the club needs a change and new leadership to allow it to once again grow and flourish.
Reaction on social media remains mixed, with many fans calling for Wenger’s head, while others continue to come to his defence.
2006-14, Arsenal never really underachieved under Wenger. They also never really overachieved and, mad as it sounds, that's how resent grew.
— Lewis (@LGAmbrose) February 16, 2017
Giving Wenger the 'right to decide his fate' is a complete cop out by the board. What kind of nonsense is that? The club needs a backbone.
— Shabs (@Redbutdred) February 16, 2017
Football is ruthless I don't see why we have to gracefully ask Wenger to step aside. Exit door is that way use it.
— Sam.sports (@Samsports094) February 16, 2017
Wenger cares about the club as much as any of us and is hurt as much by bad results. Anyone who doubts that is a fool. L
— Smile Gunners (@smilegunners) February 16, 2017
The fans who travel week in week out deserve more respect than Wenger, some say he's hurting, well we hurt more!
— Mr DT © (@MrDtAFC) February 16, 2017