Tony Pulis Reveals Arsene Wenger Told Him He Will Stay at Arsenal

20 March, 2017, 11:45 | Author: Eloise Marshall
  • West Bromwich Albion's Craig Dawson celebrates scoring their first goal

West Brom manager Tony Pulis was more upbeat about Wenger's prospects and backed him to stay on past the end of the season.

But he insisted his decision did not hinge on the outcome of a season that is in danger of unravelling. "It's more. It's not that".

'No, no, no, no, no, I take a bigger perspective than that, ' Wenger said.

While I am still a member of the minority that wants Wenger to stay, as time passes it is becoming increasingly likely that this will indeed be his last season in North London.

Arsenal were annihilated in the Champions League by Bayern Munich, suffering the joint-heaviest defeat in the history of the competition on the wrong end of a 10-2 aggregate score line.

Speaking after the defeat to the Baggies, Wenger said: "Don't worry".

"I give my best. We've worked on that but you have to have someone who wants to head it and you have to have the quality that comes in". We knew he'd have a free run into the box and Daws is very good in the air. Arsenal protested because the ball rolled through the legs of an offside West Brom player, but since he never touched it, the goal stood.

But having said that, the Frenchman is often right about his assessment of the officials and how costly their mistakes are to the Gunners.

"But Daws seemed to have plenty of space".

"They probably didn't defend as well as they should have either".

Arsenal keeper Petr Cech lies on the ground after suffering a muscle strain during Saturday's match against West Bromwich Albion.

Craig Dawson headed West Brom in front from Nacer Chadli's corner on 13 minutes, although Alexis Sanchez netted an equaliser for the visitors just 160 seconds later when the Chilean worldwide chested down Granit Xhaka's pass before drilling home beyond goalkeeper Ben Foster and into the roof of the net.

Rival groups of Arsenal fans paid for planes trailing banners that were both critical and supportive of Wenger to fly over the stadium during the game.

A fourth loss in five league games left Wenger's record of reaching the Champions League in every season of his reign in peril. We know what we are, we know what we've got. West Brom are in a very comfortable position, they are not under threat to go down, they have no special fear and they have talent. That was for a long time the case, but not today.

Wenger, 67, admitted Arsenal might find it hard to secure qualification for the Champions League ahead of Satuirday's match against West Brom.

It is a theory the Gunners appear willing to test, given the flimsy performance of Wenger's players in his hour of greatest need. We lose game after game at the moment and that for me is much more important than my future.

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