LONDON – Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger said in the wake of his club’s latest disappointing Premier League performance that he had made a decision about his future and would announce it very soon.
The 67-year-old French manager made the remarks after the London club suffered a 3-1 away loss Saturday to West Bromwich Albion that amplified fans’ calls for his ouster.
Wenger’s contract expires at the end of the season, and he has not yet announced whether he will accept the London club’s offer of a two-year extension.
“I know what I will do in my future,” he said in remarks at a post-match press conference posted on Arsenal’s Web site. “You will soon know. Very soon.”
Wenger said he was not worried about his future and was currently focused on getting his club out of its current rut.
“We are in a unique bad patch that we’ve never had in 20 years. We lose game after game at the moment, and that is for me much more important than my future.”
On Saturday, Arsenal suffered its fourth defeat in its last five Premier League games. The club also was pummeled by Bayern Munich 10-2 on aggregate in the round of 16 of the Champions League, a defeat that marked the seventh straight time it has been eliminated at that stage of soccer’s biggest annual tournament.
Wenger’s team furthermore is in danger of failing to qualify for the Champions League for the first time since his tenure with Arsenal began in 1996, and the coach acknowledged that finishing in the top four of the Premier League will be a tough task this season.
“It will be very difficult now. Anyway, there’s no other way than by fighting and doing it until the last game of the season,” he added.
Wenger has led the English club to three Premier League titles, six FA Cups and six FA Community Shields and also guided them to the Champions League final in 2006.