Arsene Wenger has vowed to resist growing discontent among Arsenal supporters and remain at the club next season.
The Gunners have once again repeated recent patterns of throwing away a promising league position achieved before the new year, and then having to fight to retain their top four position come May.
This has led to further calls from Arsenal supporters for Wenger to call time on his lengthy tenure at the club.
However, when asked by reporters about his future, Wenger snapped back: “I do not want to come back on that, I respect always my contract (sic).”
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That contract expires at the end of next season, and Wenger also brushed off threats of stay-away fan protests for Thursday’s home game against West Brom.
“Look, everybody is free to do what they want with their season ticket,” he added.
“We have to live with that. It’s a Thursday night, it’s unusual. We just had a disappointing result at home, maybe that plays a part as well. First of all it’s not experienced yet and we have to live with that.
“But we have to take that with distance as well, and focus on our job. The emotional part in our game is always very high but changes very quickly as well.
“Judgement from people is something we have to live with. It’s down to us to change that belief and judgement.”
1 – Arsenal have won just one London derby in league competition this season; their fewest since the 1963/64 campaign (1). Taxi.
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The Frenchman was quick to assert that there was no shame in Arsenal’s current position.
“I would like to remind you that if we win against West Brom, we are third in the league and, if you look at the history of the club, over 140 years, and the consistency of the club, you will see that it’s not a shame,” Wenger said. “Even if we are not happy with it.”