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Despite speculation about his future hitting an all time high this week, Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has come out fighting, saying that the thought of quitting has post has never entered his mind.
It has been well documented that Arsenal have had a poor week of course. They lost to Blackburn Rovers in the FA Cup and Bayern Munich in the Champions League, meaning that their hopes of any silverware this season appear to be gone.
Should this prove to be the case, it will be eight seasons without a trophy, something the Arsenal fans are far from happy about. Many of them believe it is time for a change if their team are to be successful again.
Wenger has been in this situation before of course and continuing a familiar trend, he has spoken positively about his vision for the club, saying that he will not review his position until 2014 – when his latest contract expires.
Speaking ahead of this weekend’s clash with Aston Villa, the Frenchman said: “We need to be united and strong and not be too destabilised by people who have strong opinions after one game.
“I have a contract until the end of 2014 and at the moment we are on a short-term plan. I have been here for a long time and have to consider what I want to do.
“That will be decided in 2014, not before.”
Wenger did admit that his team cannot afford many slip ups in the Premier League if they are to secure a place in the top four though. For points, as well as morale, they simply have to win at home to Aston Villa this weekend.
On this subject, Wenger continued: “We are in a position where we cannot afford to drop points. We will go into the game with a huge desire to get out the disappointments we have had.
“Apart from Manchester United, for all the other positions, I feel it’s very open. It’s just down to us now to continue to be consistent like we have been. We have to focus on continuing to get the points.”
Wenger appears to be implying that his team could finish 2nd, but at the moment this seems a long way off.
Arsenal are nine points behind Manchester City, while four points is the gap between them and North London rivals Tottenham, the team that currently occupies fourth position.
The atmosphere will be an interesting one at the Emirates this weekend, that’s for sure.
Wenger would love an early goal, a positive performance and three points to remind everyone that it isn’t all doom and gloom.
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