According to the Telegraph, Arsenal aren’t going to make any announcements about Arsene Wenger’s future until the end of the season. The news comes after the Gunners suffered a 3-0 defeat against Crystal Palace on Monday, leading to vociferous protests from supporters.
Arsenal have lost seven of their last 12 games in all competitions, resulting in the Gunners being eliminated in the last-16 of the Champions League, while finding themselves fifth in the Premier League table, two points off a top-four spot.
31/1/17 (Premier League) Arsenal 1-2 Watford
4/2/17 (Premier League) Chelsea 3-1 Arsenal
11/2/17 (Premier League) Arsenal 2-0 Hull City
15/2/17 (Champions League) Bayern München 5-1 Arsenal
20/2/17 (FA Cup) Sutton United 0-2 Arsenal
4/3/17 (Premier League) Liverpool 3-1 Arsenal
7/3/17 (Champions League) Arsenal 1-5 Bayern München
11/3/17 (FA Cup) Arsenal 5-0 Lincoln City
18/3/17 (Premier League) West Bromwich Albion 3-1 Arsenal
2/4/17 (Premier League) Arsenal 2-2 Manchester City
5/4/17 (Premier League) Arsenal 3-0 West Ham United
10/4/17 (Premier League) Crystal Palace 3-0 Arsenal
Wenger reportedly has a two-year deal on the table from the club but there’s no indication that he’s signed it. The long-serving manager is keen to stay, but his extension will coincide with a lot of structural changes to backroom staff.
Goalkeeping coach Gerry Peyton, fitness coach Tony Colbert and chief scout Steve Rowley could all be relieved of their duties. A Sporting Director and Head of Academy are two roles Arsenal are looking to fill too.
As for Wenger’s future, however, it’s unlikely a decision on the proposed two-year contract will be announced before the end of the season. Supporters’ relationship with the club is at an all-time low currently, and their views on the manager aren’t likely to improve until results do.
It’s perhaps for the best an announcement on Wenger’s contract isn’t made.