Arsene Wenger speaks out: Refuses to leave Arsenal and responds to criticism

Amidst elimination from the FA Cup and the Champions League, and slipping to third place in the Premier League, Gunners have started turning against Wenger and the team. The manager and the team have received extreme criticism due to failing to keep up with the pressure and the competition. Despite this, Arsene Wenger has stated that he will not part ways with the club before his contract expires.

Next season would be Wenger’s final year in his current contract and the Frenchman has vowed to see his contract through with or without silverware. A group of fans has called out for Wenger’s dismissal due to a possible season without any trophies.  This particular category of fans has also brought signs and banners to matches demanding Wenger to leave the club. They have also criticised the team for their poor streak of one win in eight games.

Speaking to Bein Sports, Wenger has outright dismissed the idea of leaving the North London club by going against his contract terms.  Talking about the chances of losing his place at the club, he said, ‘I have no doubt because I am committed. When I do something, I do it 100 per cent. I’m always committed to give my best as long as I am at the club. I believe in life you should focus on what you’re appointed for and I’m appointed to perform and do the best for my club. That’s all I focus on.’

He also stated that he is indifferent to what is written on the banners and signs as long as he is convinced he is doing job properly.

He added, ‘I think that the criticism during the season is not very welcome when you fight for the championship, especially after the game against Tottenham where we were a bit unlucky. You have to live with that. I have my conscience. What is the most important is that I give my best every day, I work for the club I love and if I can share that love with the supporters it’s even better.

‘I don’t worry too much about all the rest, what people say. All the rest is judgments, opinions and that is linked with the beliefs from the last result or the last disappointment or the last happiness. In my job you focus on what is important and that’s to perform. My future is my future. I don’t master that more than you.’

Arsenal are currently third in the Premier league with a 11 points difference between themselves and leaders Leicester City. Gunners do have a game in hand, but the chances of winning the title have decreased by 50 percent. Wenger believes that mathematically, becoming champions is possible, but taking Leicester’s run this season suggests otherwise.

Gunners will host Watford for their next Premier League fixture which will be held this Saturday. Watford has already defeated Arsenal at the Emirates, leading to their elimination from the FA Cup, and a defeat this time would mean they are out of the Premier League race.