Arsene Wenger believes those who use his ongoing contract situation at Arsenal are making an “easy excuse” for the club’s poor form.
The focus around the club has been on the future of its manager, whose contract is set to expire at the end of the season. Fans are split on whether the Frenchman, who joined Arsenal in 1996, should stay or go, but Wenger says the team’s poor form cannot be explained by this.
“It would be an easy excuse,” he told Sky Sports, as quoted by the Evening Standard. “Whether I stay two years or 10 years, I have exactly the same commitment and the same desire to win the next game. I believe we are in a position where we do not have to find easy excuses.
“Our job is to perform. Can you perform despite that? To be professional is to perform on the football pitch and not look for excuses that are not really problems off the pitch.”
On the pitch, Arsenal hosts third-place Manchester City on Sunday as it looks to gain ground on the Premier League’s top four.
Wenger’s team is six points behind Liverpool, which holds the fourth and final Champions League qualification spot, but has two games in hand on the Merseyside club.
More from Newsweek