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However, in the face of mounting pressure from fans, Wenger said after Arsenal's 3-1 humiliating defeat to West Brom less than two weeks ago, that he will clarify on his future "soon". I hope that he will stay at the club. My commitment will be exactly the same. "It does not influence my attitude", Wenger added. "I don't think it's an immediate concern to Arsenal football club".

Earlier this month, the Gunners were knocked out of the Champions League at the last-16 stage for the seventh consecutive season.

He was more concerned with arresting the worst slump of his long career in the Premier League - Arsenal have lost four of their last five matches in the competition - and he knows that Sunday's visit of Manchester City is vital on many levels.

But Wenger insists the speculation regarding his future is having no impact on his players, despite such a poor recent record.

I personally believe that both of them want to stay and I hope that the club will find an agreement with them. Indeed, the Citizens have struggled somewhat against their competitors for European spots all season as they're just W2-D3-L4 against top-seven teams and as a result we're certainly going to take them on at 2.2.

Chairman Sir Chips Keswick says a mutual decision will be made "at the right time".

Wenger is out of contract at the end of the season and, although he said he was "very clear" about what he wanted to do, he once again refused to make it public. That Mesut Ozil is in contention to play on Sunday after playing 20 minutes for Germany against Azerbaijan and saying the German "came back focused and worked very hard this week".

"The Premier League is not easy to win but I'm pretty sure the fans respect a lot what Arsene Wenger has done and is doing".

"There's only one team in London, so he's happy", Wenger joked.

"It's true that we have not extended his contract yet".

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Wenger is keen to extend his stay, according to British media reports, but said his future at the club is far from certain.

"You have to be cautious when they give interviews in their home country. I'm really sad to see this sort of decline".

"Don't try to make me announce today something I don't want to because I'm not in a position to do it", he declared. "That's what everybody wants and I can understand that completely".

"It's not gone in the way we expected but it can still be an acceptable season".

"I don't think it's fair. considering what he's done".

Who are the favourites to replace Arsene Wenger at Arsenal?

"There are not many clubs where he can go now and who can afford him".

"He's a great man in my opinion, I'd like him to stay", Iwobi told BBC's World Football Programme. "I don't think it's fair considering what he's done".

City, in third place in the table entering the weekend and 12 points behind leader Chelsea, won 2-1 at home against Arsenal on December 18.


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