Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has underlined his commitment to the club and insists he won’t walk away from the Emirates at the end of the season.
There have been calls for Wenger to quit north London following a trophyless campaign, while our article claimed he should leave with the “weak-spirited” Frenchman holding the Gunners back.
Wenger’s deal runs out in just over 12 months time, and he says he won’t walk out on the Gunners.
“I always respect my contract,” he told a press conference on Wednesday morning.
When pushed further he replied curtly: “I’ve just answered your question.”
Arsenal fans are rumoured to be planning a protest against the club’s poor season by staying away from Thursday night’s clash with West Brom, with the club putting tickets on general sale – something that rarely happens at the Emirates.
Ronald Koeman remains the current favourite to replace Wenger in the Emirates hotseat, with Joachim Low and Roberto Mancini also in the running.
Speaking about the discontent among Arsenal fans, Wenger added: “I want our fans to be happy when they’re not, it affects me.
“We don’t want a negative environment but we must still perform.”
Wenger says he has no fresh injury worries but doubts Jack Wilshere will be available.
“Everyone is available from our last game against Palace,” he said. “Wilshere has absorbed well his first obstacle.
“In every game he was sharper, he has a good fitness basis. He is available for selection from next game (Sunderland) onwards.”
The Gunners boss also admitted Santi Cazorla had returned to training.