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AST 'extremely concerned' by Wenger contract reports

Arsene Wenger on the touchline Credit: PA

Members of the Arsenal Supporters' Trust say they are "extremely concerned" following reports that long-serving manager Arsene Wenger has been offered a contract extension at the Emirates Stadium.

There has been growing pressure from some fans for Wenger to quit after a run of six defeats in nine matches in all competitions, but it has been suggested the Frenchman will continue as manager of Arsenal.

After Saturday's 3-1 defeat to West Brom, Wenger - who has been in charge of Arsenal since 1996 - confirmed that he would announce his decision regarding his future "soon".

The AST is extremely concerned about the current situation at Arsenal and the apparent vacuum in decision making.

Recent results have not been good enough and matters must improve. We are also concerned about the drift in decision making at the club with the contract situation of so many key players at stake.

The AST does not usually survey its members on football issues during the season but results in recent weeks have led us to conclude there is an urgent requirement to now do so.

The situation around the manager’s contract is of great importance to the future of the club and yet the decision seems to have been outsourced to just one man. This is wrong.

– Tim Payton, AST member

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Arsenal chairman responds as fans call for Wenger to go

The Arsenal chairman said he respected fans' opinions but played down their impact on the club hierarchy. Credit: PA

Arsenal chairman Sir Chips Keswick has issued a statement in response to ongoing fan protests about Arsene Wenger's future as manager.

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.

Arsène 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.

– Arsenal chairman Sir Chips Keswick

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Wenger refutes Wright claims: I said nothing about Arsenal future

Arsene Wenger. Credit: PA

Arsene Wenger refuted Ian Wright's claims about his long-term future at Arsenal after his side claimed a 2-0 victory over Hull at the Emirates Stadium.

Earlier in the week, former Gunners striker Wright claimed that in a conversation with his former boss, Wenger admitted that his time at the club was 'coming to an end' but the Frenchman insisted he had been misinterpreted.

"I don't know what Ian Wright said," Wenger said. "Mark [Gonnella, Communications Director] was with me as well on Thursday. It was questions and answers. I could be tired because I get up early in the morning and I finish late at night, so I am tired, yes. But I didn't give any indication about my future.

"It was a question and answer with members of the Diamond Club. That's in the evening so there were many people there. We had a little dinner before but it was not the two of us. There were four or five."

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