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Wenger hints at Arsenal end game after West Brom loss

Saturday, March 18, 2017 - 00:43

Arsene Wenger gives the clearest indication yet that he may step down as Arsenal boss, after his side suffer their sixth defeat in nine games.

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SENDING WITH FULL SCRIPT SHOWS: BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND, UNITED KINGDOM (MARCH 18, 2017) (REUTERS PICTURES - ACCESS ALL) 1. (SOUNDBITE) (English) ARSENAL MANAGER, ARSENE WENGER, SAYING: "Don't worry, I will... I know what I will do with my future so you will soon know. Very soon." (REPORTER ASKING QUESTION) "You will see. Today I don't necessarily worry about that. We are in a unique bad patch that we never had in 20 years. We lose game after game at the moment and that is for me much more important than my future." STORY: A downbeat Arsene Wenger said he has decided on his Arsenal future and would reveal all soon after his side slumped to a dismal 3-1 defeat at West Bromwich Albion on Saturday (March 18). Two goals by Craig Dawson and one from substitute Hal Robson-Kanu meant Arsenal have lost four of their last five Premier League games -- the worst run in Wenger's 21-year rule at the north London club. Arsenal could slip to sixth place on Sunday if Manchester United beat Middlesbrough, piling more pressure on Wenger, and fans -- even his most loyal disciples -- are losing patience. Banners calling for him to go were evident among the travelling fans while above, circling like a vulture, a small plane trailed the slogan "NO CONTRACT #WENGEROUT". Wenger appeared as deflated as his team afterwards when facing reporters. "Don't worry, I know what I will do in my future," Wenger told reporters. "You will soon know. Very soon. You will see. "Today, I don't necessarily worry about that. I know what I (will) do." Wenger said the club were not aware of his decision and nothing would be announced during the international break. It was a familiar tale of woe at the Hawthorns where Arsenal enjoyed 77 percent of the possession but managed only two shots on target -- one of which was Alexis Sanchez's equaliser. Lacking any spark up front and in disarray at the back with Dawson given a free run to head in two corners, Arsenal are in danger of sliding out of contention for a top-four finish. That has never happened under Wenger, whose last Premier League title was 13 years ago.

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Wenger hints at Arsenal end game after West Brom loss

Saturday, March 18, 2017 - 00:43