Wenger says club must remain ‘united’.
Arsene Wenger says he has “not for a second” considering quitting as Arsenal boss after a difficult week on for the club.
The Gunners were knocked out of the FA Cup to Championship outfit Blackburn on Saturday, before losing the first-leg of their Champions League last-16 clash with Bayern Munich 3-1 at the Emirates Stadium.
Wenger has been under intense scrutiny this week, with some sections of the Gunners support and media calling for his head.
“We need to be united and strong and not be too destabilised by people who have strong opinions after one game,” he said.
In his press conference ahead of Saturday’s clash with Aston Villa, Wenger was asked if he had ever “felt like throwing in the towel”.
He replied: “Never, not one second.
“I have a contract until the end of 2014 and at the moment we are on a short-term plan. I have been here for a long time and have to consider what I want to do. That will be decided in 2014, not before.
“We need to be united and strong and not be too destabilised by people who have strong opinions after one game,” he added.
Arsenal were dumped out of the Capital One Cup by League Two Bradford in December but despite the likelihood of an eighth successive trophyless season, it is understood that Wenger’s job is not at risk – even if the Gunners do not qualify for next season’s Champions League.
The club held their monthly board meeting on Thursday and Wenger instead that ‘the usual things’ were discussed.
“The board meeting speaks about many things and it’s about commercial [activities], ticket prices, long-term plans and I make my report as well on the technical side so it was the usual things.”
Arsenal sit fifth in the Premier League, four points adrift of the final Champions League qualification spot, which is currently occupied by North London rivals Tottenham.