Arsene Wenger has reportedly told his coaching staff at Arsenal that he will not step aside this summer.
The 68-year-old is under pressure to call time on his reign at the end of the season after the Gunners’ latest run of poor results.
Arsenal have lost all but two of their last eight games, which included a comprehensive 3-0 defeat to Manchester City in the Carabao Cup final.
Sunday’s 2-1 loss to Brighton has left Arsenal with an uphill battle to secure a top-four finish. Wenger’s side are currently 13 points behind fourth-placed Tottenham with only nine Premier League games remaining.
Wenger will still have one year remaining on his contract with the Gunners this summer, and according to The Times, the Frenchman has informed his staff that he does not intend to walk away at the end of the season.
The report also claims that Wenger is unwilling to agree an early exit this summer, which means Arsenal’s board will have to take the decision to sack him if they want a new manager.
In a poll conducted by Arsenal Supporters’ Trust, 88 per cent of AST members voted for the club to terminate Wenger’s contract when his position is reviewed at the end of the season.
When asked if he believed he was the man to improve Arsenal after the defeat to Brighton, Wenger replied: ‘Yes, because I have done it before.
‘It’s the first time I lost so many games on the trot in my life.
‘I believe the quality of a manager is to try and shorten the crisis. I believe I can do it.’
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