BELEAGUERED Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has decided to stay at the club, British media reported yesterday.
The Daily Telegraph and Daily Mirror said Wenger will inform Arsenal’s board he wants to extend his contract, which expires at the end of the season. West Bromwich Albion manager Tony Pulis also said Wenger told him he intended to stay on after Arsenal’s 1-3 defeat at The Hawthorns on Saturday.
“I’ll be surprised if he goes,” Pulis told reporters after the game. Asked why he thought Wenger would stay, Pulis said: “Because he told me.”
Wenger, 67, has come under fire from fans after Arsenal was thrashed by Bayern Munich in the Champions League and slipped out of the Premier League’s top four. Supporters renewed calls for him to step down during the Saturday loss, with some holding banners: “WENGER OUT.”
Speaking after the game, Wenger said he had made up his mind about his future and would make his intentions public “very soon.”
Arsenal has denied a claim in German daily Bild that it has approached Borussia Dortmund coach Thomas Tuchel as a possible Wenger replacement. Wenger is believed to have been offered a new two-year contract.