Arsenal legend Patrick Vieira believes that Arsene Wenger will not quit the club and thinks the players have let their manager down.
The Gunners suffered a heavy aggregate defeat in crashing out of the Champions League to Bayern Munich in midweek and are currently two points outside the top four in the Premier League although they do have a game in hand over fourth-placed Liverpool.
A reported row with star striker Alexis Sanchez has not helped Wenger’s situation and while the Frenchman has claimed that he has yet to make his mind up on his future, some Arsenal fans have been calling for head.
“He is going through a really difficult period but at the same time I know Arsene and he is not the kind of person who will throw the towel in and walk out of this situation,” Vieira told Omnisport.
“He will fight for it because he is proud and he will give everything like he has been doing for the football club.
“It is true that people are doubting his capability to manage the team… but I think you have to look at the players and in some situations the players have been letting Arsene down a lot because coaches have responsibility but players have responsibility as well.
“You can work the whole week in how you want to play but when [the] players [are] on the field they are the ones who have to fight and if you don’t do it then it is a problem.
“So we can talk about Arsene, we can talk about other things but I think it is important for players to take responsibility and look at themselves in the mirror.”
Arsenal chairman Sir Chips Keswick has suggested the decision over Wenger’s future will be completely mutual but Vieira, who is now manager of MLS side New York City, believes that his old boss will know when the time is right to quit the club.
“I think Arsene knows better than anyone what he has achieved and he knows what he wants to do and he will make a decision,” he added.
“I don’t want to get involved to say if he should stay or go, he has enough experience to make the correct decision and the best decision for the football club, he has always done this and will continue to do so.
“I know he has got a passion and love for the club and the team, he loves being on the field, he is obsessed by football. He is passionate about the game so he will know what is best for him and the football club.”