Arsene Wenger has refused to confirm whether he has made a decision on his future as Arsenal manager but called on fans to unite behind the team during this defining period of the season.
The Gunners boss continued to keep mute and swerve questions on whether a contract extension is on the table despite his current agreement expiring at the end of the season and further speculation over his position following their damaging defeat to Chelsea.
Arsenal are now 12 points behind the Blues in the Premier League title race and face Hull at Emirates Stadium on Saturday lunchtime before travelling to Germany for Wednesday’s Champions League last 16, first leg clash with Bayern Munich.
Wenger is under pressure to prove the Gunners can compete at home and abroad amid growing fan unrest with thousands of fans expected to stay away from Emirates Stadium this weekend after two defeats in a week.
Asked whether a contract offer has been made to him, Wenger said: “Once again, thank you for caring about my future, but that’s not the most important thing. My future is in front of me every time I make a half-turn. What is important for me is that Arsenal does well, and I dedicate my whole energy to the club doing well.
“We have a big fight in the Premier League, a big fight in the Champions League, with a big game coming up, and we still have the FA Cup as well.
“We want to do well in all three competitions and that’s as well why it’s important that we focus, respond and get our fans behind the team, because this is an important and very sensitive part of the season – and we have to respond to disappointment together.”
Arsenal’s defeat to Watford last Tuesday triggered angry scenes at the final whistle among home supporters but Wenger insisted his team has “no chance” of being successful if supporters do not come together.
“You cannot be a fan until last Tuesday and not be a fan anymore and not be behind the team this Saturday, it doesn’t make sense,” he told Standard Sport.