Guardiola backs Wenger to silence critics


Wenger has endured a miserable campaign and frustrated supporters have turned on the Gunners boss and called for him to resign.

But, despite a reported two-year deal being on offer, Wenger said that not everything is in place to extend his two-decade spell at the helm. "I promise you. 100 per cent".

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has responded to recent comments made by Alexis Sanchez, insisting that he is not anxious about the speculation surrounding the star player.

"It is in hard periods that you see the difference in quality between people".

The poor results have led to speculation about Wenger's future at the club with his contract expiring at the end of the season and fans voicing the anger from the stands.

Although City could add to Wenger's woes, Guardiola feels his counterpart will eventually turn the tide back in his favour.

The AST usually conducts an annual survey on a wide range of topics at the end of each season, including the performance of Wenger and the board.

"I interpret that in a very positive way - there is only one team in London, so he's happy", Wenger said with a smile.

Despite a decent 1-1 draw with Liverpool before the global break, City were not at their free-flowing best and got a 35,000-pound (US$43,946.00) FA fine for failing to control their players when disputing refereeing decisions. "If not, it can not happen".

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Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger said his future was "not sorted completely" on Thursday as he ducked another opportunity to make an announcement about what he intends to do.

Wenger has been allowed to take his time with a decision at the expense of the club's results, and while many will say if there is anybody that deserves to take his time with such a decision it is Wenger.

He now faces a tough challenge to keep that run going and wants everyone at the club to overcome what is an unfamiliar position for a lot of them.

'He wants to win the championship, that's what everybody wants'.

In a bid to get out of the rut, the Frenchman says the team will be sticking to what they know best against a strong City side.

Wenger has been in charge at Arsenal for over 20 years and has never finished outside of the Premier League top four in any full season at the helm.

Guardiola will be without long-term casualties Ilkay Gundogan and Gabriel Jesus but expects Kevin De Bruyne and Pablo Zabaleta to be involved.

"No, I believe the priority in life is always to focus on what is important and not to look for excuses", he said.

As a further boost, Jesus is expected to return to the squad before the end of the season.

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