Sunday March 5, 2017
An Arsenal insider told StarSport: “Arsene knows that to carry on he needs the backing of the majority of supporters.
According to those close to the Gunners chief, his patience with the relentless snipers is close to running out – and his mind is all but made up NOT to extend his 21-year reign beyond the end of the season.
Unless there is a dramatic and rapid shift in mood among the unhappy Emirates faithful, it seems Wenger, 67, will reluctantly walk away in June when his current contract ends.
“He has been concerned about the hostile atmosphere towards him for a long time.”
Wenger, who has made it clear he wants to stay, will wait until the last possible moment before making a final decision.
But demands for change in the Arsenal hotseat show little sign of easing.
The anti-Wenger brigade will hold a protest march on Tuesday before the Gunners’ Champions League home leg against Bayern Munich.
Wenger will be looking to see what, if any, impact that has inside the ground later in the evening.
After the North Londoners’ disastrous 5-1 thumping in Munich three weeks ago, the Frenchman admitted winning back the doubters at the club was a priority.
With Premier League and Champions League ambitions seemingly in tatters for another year, securing a seventh FA Cup triumph – along with the annual top-four finish – is his best hope of doing that.
Yet even that might not be enough to stop the vocal hate mob fi nally getting their way – and driving Wenger out of his beloved Arsenal.