For all the marches, protests or proclamations of support only one man will dictate Arsene Wenger’s decision-making process as he considers his future.
That man is Wenger himself, even if he suggested in his press conference that his perspective could be swayed from the stands.
“I have worked very hard for 20 years to make our fans happy and when you lose the games, I understand they are not happy,” he said. “I do not want to judge that, I am not able to.
Arsene Wenger said the reaction from Arsenal fans could influence whether he stays or leaves
Arsenal fans staged a protest calling for Wenger to leave before the match against Bayern Munich
“I live in my daily work with my complete commitment. After that, I have said many times that you have to accept different opinions.
“And of course the fans’ reaction will impact my decision. You consider everything. It will not be the most important factor but of course, you consider it.”
However much lip he gets from the supporters, rest assured it will merely be given lip service by the Arsenal manager.
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Anybody who puts the words “top-level performance” anywhere near Tuesday night’s debacle against Bayern Munich clearly had his own extremely idiosyncratic values.
All the time opinion is divided among the Arsenal fans – and if anything is clear in these turbulent times, that much is – Wenger will simply lean towards the positives and ignore the negatives.
He can ignore the 10-2 bigger aggregate picture to focus on 50 minutes of adequacy.
Arsene Wenger will dictate whether he leaves – not the fans
For 20 years, he has always seen things how he likes and when necessary not seen them at all.
That singular vision served Arsenal fans well for the first decade in the focused hunt for honours. Now it serves to disenfranchise them.
When it comes to this biggest decision in a long line of decisions, once again it is ‘In Arsene’ they must ‘Trust’.