Arsenal defender Nacho Monreal has revealed that there is real uncertainty surrounding the players at the Arsenal camp following negative results in all competitions and doubts over Wenger’s future, Goal reveals.
He has, however, expressed his support for Arsene Wenger whose contract runs out at the end of the season, saying that the manager will ‘have the final word whether to continue or not.’
Arsenal have lost four of their last five Premier League games and have been knocked out of the Champions League on a 10-2 aggregate by Bayern Munich earlier in the month.
“We are not going through a good time, at all levels.” Monreal said. “We have lost four of the last five Premier League matches, we have left the European palaces, which today is our goal, we were eliminated from the Champions League, and then there is all the controversy with the manager.
“With fans who are unhappy with Wenger. And at the end, everything affects the players. It inevitably influences on all levels.”
Arsenal looked shambolic in their last Premier League defeat against West Brom causing many to question their commitment to Arsene Wenger, but Monreal insists the players are completely behind their boss.
“Well, it’s a complicated time. There is a section of the fan base that is against the coach. Just a part of them, because it is not everybody. I think most of the fans are with him and support him. But there is a small part of the fans that does not agree and are those who protest.
“We, the players, are with Wenger. He has the final word and he will decide whether to continue or not, because I understand that the club has made a renewal offer. So what he does will be the best thing for him and for Arsenal, for sure.”
Wenger is under enormous pressure to decide his future, with what looks like the majority of the Arsenal fan base expressing desire for a fresh start. Arsenal have failed to launch a proper title bid in the last 10 years and have been knocked out of the Champions League before reaching the semi-finals in each of their last 11 attempts.
Along with Wenger, uncertainty surrounds the future of the club’s top two players, Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil, whose contracts run out at the end of 2017/18. All attempts to extend their deals have failed so far.
Monreal continues: “For Arsenal as a team and as a club, ideally everyone should continue. But today these are the circumstances: the coach finishes his contract and has yet to communicate whether he continues or not, then there are two important players like Alexis and Mesut who finish their contracts next season and they are waiting for the coach to follow.
“It’s a situation of uncertainly, and that does not help. But it is not in our hands either.”
Monreal is currently on international duty with Spain who will play Israel on Friday before meeting France in a friendly three days later.