West Bromwich, UK: Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger said he had made a decision about his future following his side’s dispiriting 3-1 defeat at West Bromwich Albion yester day.
Wenger, Arsenal’s manager since 1996, has come under heavy pressure since his team’s 10-2 Champions League thrashing by Bayern Munich and fans made renewed calls for him to step down at The Hawthorns.
“I know what I’ll do in my future, so you will know very soon,” he told reporters after the game.
“You will see. Today I do not necessarily worry about that. We are in a unique bad patch we never had in 20 years. We lose game after game at the moment and that for me is much more important than my future.”
Rival groups of Arsenal supporters paid for planes trailing banners that were both critical and supportive of Wenger to fly over the stadium during the game.
A banner that read “NO CONTRACT #WENGER OUT” flew above the stadium shortly before kick-off.
But in the 16th minute, with the score 1-1, another plane was spotted overhead with a banner that read: “IN ARSENE WE TRUST #RESPECTAW”.
Several fans brandished “WENGER OUT” banners at the final whistle.
The 67-year-old Frenchman is believed to have been offered a new two-year contract by the club.
Arsenal’s support is split over Wenger, who won seven trophies in his first nine seasons as manager but has won only two FA Cups in the 12 years since.
West Brom condemned Arsenal to a fourth defeat in five league games.