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Wenger: ‘I’ll consider Arsenal fans’ opinion’

Gunners boss reacts to fans’ protests after admitting he doesn’t know if he’ll be in charge at the Emirates next season

09 March, 2017 — By Steve Barnett

Arsene Wenger: ‘I have worked very hard for 20 years to make our fans happy and, when you lose games, I understand they are not happy’

ARSENE Wenger says he will listen to the Arsenal supporters before making a decision on his future – but admits that their opinion won’t be “the most important factor” when it comes to deciding if he will stay at the club.

The Gunners’ boss is out of contract in the summer, and has already revealed that he isn’t sure if he will be managing in north London or “somewhere else” come August.

Some fans were protesting before the latest bashing by Bayern Munich in the Champions League on Tuesday, holding up banners demanding “no new contract” for Wenger.

The Frenchman, however, just put that down to “different opinions”.

“I have worked very hard for 20 years to make our fans happy and, when you lose games, I understand they are not happy,” he said. “I live in my daily work with my complete commitment. After that I have said many times that you have to accept different opinions.”

Asked directly whether the fans’ opinion will have any impact on his decision, Wenger added: “Yes, of course. You consider everything. It will not be the most important factor but, of course, you consider it.

“I work for this club with full commitment. That’s what I do. After, how will I be judged, one way or the other? It’s not too much my problem.

“I think I’ve shown since I’m here that first of all I love this club, that I’m loyal to this club, and that I make the right decisions for this club. I will continue to do that. Of course, in respecting the values that I think are vital for me. If I cannot do that, I will not be here.”

Arsenal chairman Sir Chips Keswick has said the decision over Wenger’s future will be made “mutually”.

In a somewhat unusual step for Arsenal, Sir Chips issued a statement reading: “We are fully aware of the attention currently focused on the club and understand the debate.

“We respect that fans are entitled to their different individual opinions but we will always run this great football club with its best long-term interests at heart.

“Arsene has a contract until the end of the season. Any decisions will be made by us mutually and communicated at the right time in the right way.”

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