Arsene Wenger says he will consider fans when deciding future

The Frenchman also says he has a "united and determined group" of players at the club

BY Cian Roche 13:07 Thursday 9 March 2017, 13:07 9 Mar 2017

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Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger says he'll take into account supporter protests against him when he makes a decision about his future.

The Frenchman's refused to say whether he'll extend his more than 20 years at the Premier League club beyond the end of the season.

He's under pressure after losing five of their last seven games, the last of which was a 5-1 defeat to Bayern Munich in their Champions League Round of 16 second leg at the Emirates.

Prior to the game, some fans protested outside the stadium and called for a change in management. Wenger says the view of fans matters.

"You can see everything," he told reporters today. "It will not be the most important factor, but you can see this of course.

"I work hard for 20 years to make fans happy. When you lose, I understand they are not. I don't want to judge that. 

"My decision is to focus on the next game and to make absolutely sure that we respond well on Saturday."

Arsenal chairman Sir Chips Keswick has also said that the club is "fully aware" of supporter anger - but any decision on the future of Arsene Wenger will be made with the manager.

Wenger also addressed Theo Walcott's comments and said it was wrong to say "things have happened" that you don't usually see at the club.

The England international's quoted in this morning's papers as saying the players and staff need to "sort it out".

Wenger's already denied Alexis Sanchez was dropped for the weekend defeat at Liverpool over a bust-up with teammates.

And he says Walcott's comments are not true either.

"I think a lot has been said about that but that is exaggerated. We have a good united and determined group. When you go through disappointments, there will always be some disagreements."

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