Arsenal chairman Sir Chips Keswick has said a decision over the future of manager Arsene Wenger will be a mutual one and will be “communicated at the right time in the right way”.
The Gunners are in a wretched run of form after losing five of their last seven games in all competitions, with a 5-1 thrashing at home to Bayern Munich on Tuesday night to complete a 10-2 aggregate defeat a new low point.
Wenger’s current contract is up in the summer and the 67-year-old insists he has yet to make up his mind as to whether he will stay or not.
Around 200 supporters protested for Wenger to leave ahead of the Munich game and another march is planned before Saturday’s FA Cup quarter-final clash at home to Lincoln.
But while Keswick acknowledged the discontent of some supporters, he said a knee-jerk decision on Wenger’s future would not be made.
“We are fully aware of the attention currently focused on the club and understand the debate,” he said in a statement released on the club’s official website.
“We respect that fans are entitled to their different individual opinions but we will always run this great football club with its best long-term interests at heart.
“Arsene has a contract until the end of the season. Any decisions will be made by us mutually and communicated at the right time in the right way.”