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Sam Allardyce believes Arsene Wenger should feel no obligation to tell Arsenal supporters what his future holds

Sam Allardyce has leaped to the defence of Arsene Wenger Photo: PA

Sam Allardyce believes Arsene Wenger should feel no obligation to tell Arsenal supporters what his future holds.

Allardyce's Crystal Palace welcome the Gunners to Selhurst Park on Monday amid growing tension between the Arsenal boss and supporters following another unsuccessful Premier League title challenge.

A section of Arsenal fans staged another protest in their 3-0 victory over West Ham on Wednesday as they stayed away from their Emirates Stadium seats until the 13th minute - 13 signifying the number of years since they last won the league.

Former England boss Allardyce is not surprised by the recent climate at Arsenal, where Wenger is due to reach the end of his contract this summer.

Asked if Wenger should be making his plans for next season known, Allardyce said: "Not really, that's a conversation that the club has, not Arsene himself. The whole club decides if you're going to make an announcement or not, not just the manager."

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On the protests against the Frenchman, Allardyce said: "It's the norm...today. It's what you have to accept across the board as a manager, that there will be criticism thrown your way at some stage if people think you're not achieving what you should achieve.

"We've all had it but we're tough enough to deal with it. He's been an outstanding manager in this league for 20-odd years so I'm sure he will be fighting with his players to put things right.

"And they had a very good victory last night, 3-0, which showed they bounced back and as always it will be a hugely tough game for us because of the quality of their players."

With fixtures ahead against Arsenal, Liverpool, Tottenham, Manchester City and Manchester United, Allardyce's side face the toughest schedule of any of the teams fighting for Premier League survival. Palace saw their four-game winning streak come to an end as they suffered a 3-1 defeat at Southampton on Wednesday.