Martin Keown reckons it's only a matter of time before Arsene Wenger signs a new deal at Arsenal
The Arsenal manager's contract expires at the end of the season and could be set to depart after 20 years at the club.
And the Gunners saw their title hopes go up in smoke yet again yesterday after losing 3-1 to league leaders Chelsea at Stamford Bridge, which has created a 12-point gap between the sides.
Keown says Wenger is in control of his decision to leave Arsenal
But Keown reckons that despite Wenger's lack of success he will sign a new deal at the club as the they don't yet have a concrete plan to move on without Wenger at the helm.
“Arsene Wenger will decide when he leaves the club,” Keown told BT Sport. “I believe that he manages up and down within the club.
“They’re going to want to have a run-up to a succession plan at Arsenal Football Club and that will mean Arsene Wenger signing a new deal. I don’t know if that sits completely well with the fans.
Arsenal are now 12 points adrift of leaders Chelsea after losing 3-1 at Stamford Bridge
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“If you look at other situations, Manchester United losing Sir Alex Ferguson, I believe he’ll sign a new contract. It’s just really the announcement. When is the right time?
“Of course he needs to continue to do well enough to stay in the job. If he gets in the Champions League once more, wins a trophy… I know people are dissatisfied with that and feel change is necessary.
“But it could also go completely the other way if Arsenal were to leap now and make a big change.
"It sits with the way he is as a manager to see the job through to the end of the season and I do see him signing a new deal. That will be the last one and Arsenal will be looking to make a plan in that period.”