Pressure on the Frenchman has increased after a 3-1 loss to West Brom and the long-serving manager says he knows what he is going to do.

Under-fire Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger says he has made a decision on his future that he will announce soon.

Wenger was subjected to more vocal criticism from Arsenal supporters during Saturday’s 3-1 defeat at West Brom, while a plane sporting a banner calling for him to stand down flew over The Hawthorns at kick-off.

In a bizarre spectacle, another light aircraft trailed a message of support for the 67-year-old but there were few other sources of encouragement as his side slipped to a fourth defeat in five Premier League outings.

West Brom defender Craig Dawson twice benefitted from abysmal set-piece defending either side of Hal Robson-Kanu punishing poor goalkeeping by David Ospina – on as a substitute for injured Arsenal number one Petr Cech.

Wenger is out of contract at the end of the season and, although he has attempted to play down speculation over his future in recent weeks, he told a post-match news conference his mind was made up.

“I know what I will do in my future. You will soon know, very soon,” he said.

“We do not necessarily worry about that. We are in a unique bad patch that we have not had for 20 years and that is more important for my future.”

Arsenal are now five points behind fourth-placed Liverpool, who face Manchester City on Sunday, while Manchester United can go above them by beating Middlesbrough and a victory for Everton over lowly Hull City would bring them level with the Gunners on 50 points.

“We take all responsibility. It’s obviously a big disappointment when you lose a game like that. We all have to take responsibility and prepare for our next games,” Wenger said in an interview with Sky Sports.

“It’s very worrying because we are not used to that [four defeats in five] and overall we have a hell of a task now to fight back.

“We need to regroup and of course focus on the games coming up because there are many big games.

“Everybody goes away now [for the international break] and we have to recover and prepare for our end of season.

“We focus on analysing where we are not good at the moment and correct what didn’t work.”

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The Germany international is yet to agree a new deal at the Emirates Stadium but insists he will not depart should his manager leave this summer.

Arsenal playmaker Mesut Ozil claims “everything is open” regarding a new deal at Emirates Stadium and insists the future of boss Arsene Wenger will not define his own.

Germany international Ozil is out of contract at the end of next season and the possibility of himself and star forward Alexis Sanchez penning lucrative fresh terms in north London has been a consistent narrative over recent months, as Arsenal’s form on the field has faded.

Ozil’s dwindling performances have mirrored those of the team as a whole, bringing the 28-year-old in for considerable criticism, while long-serving boss Wenger was the subject of fan marches before this week’s matches against Bayern Munich and Lincoln City that called for him to step down.

Despite this turbulence, the former Werder Bremen and Real Madrid star has not ruled out remaining with the Premier League side having already held contract talks.

“Everything is open. We had talks with Arsenal. Right now I concentrate on the current season,” Ozil told Bild.

“Arsene Wenger was one of the main reasons I joined Arsenal. But I know that sometimes things go very fast in football and that you can never plan something.

“This is why it would be wrong to say that my future depends on my coach.”

As for the scrutiny of his own game, 2014 World Cup winner Ozil insists this is nothing new.

“Criticism accompanies me since the start of my career,” he said. “I polarise – in Bremen, in Madrid, in the national team and now in London.

“Of course it’s not pleasant, but I am more thick-skinned today. I try to not let this get to me.

“I am a World Cup champion and I will always be.”

Bayern completed a humbling 10-2 aggregate defeat of Arsenal in the last-16 of the Champions League on Tuesday, running out 5-1 winners in London, but Ozil has not given up on achieving European glory with his current employers.

“You are never satisfied as a sportsman,” he added. “You need the motivation.

“I want to win the Champions League one day, preferably with Arsenal. I have one more year on my contract here.”

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Alexis Alejandro Sanchez

Alexis Alejandro Sánchez (Spanish pronunciation: [aˈleksis ˈsantʃes]; born 19 December 1988), known as Alexis Sánchez or simply Alexis, is a Chilean professional footballer who plays as a forward for English club Arsenal and the Chilean national team.

Born in Tocopilla, Sánchez was product of Cobreloa prolific youth ranks where he was teammate of current national team players like Charles Aránguiz and Eduardo Vargas. In February 2005, he was promoted to the senior first team by manager Nelson Acosta. His debut against Deportes Temuco in February and his first professional goal in a 2–1 over Deportes Concepción on 18 March, allowed him play his first Copa Libertadores game against Once Caldas aged 16, which made him one of the youngest players on debut for the tournament.

After an impressive season with Cobreloa, Sánchez caught the attention of Udinese who signed him for a £ 1.7 million fee, on 21 April 2006. However, Udinese began a maturation project with Alexis and loaned him to Chilean giants Colo-Colo in a season-long deal.

Sánchez debuted for Colo-Colo on 23 June 2006 in a 1–1 draw with Antofagasta and his first goal came on 29 October during the Chilean football derby against Universidad de Chile in a 4–2 win. His well
performances allowed him break into the starting lineup after successfully challenging veteran striker Mario Cáceres, so that began partnering Humberto Suazo in the forward.

After a successful season in Argentina, Sánchez left South America in July 2008 to join Udinese, where he would meet up with Chilean compatriot Mauricio Isla .Sánchez made his non-competitive debut in a 3–0 win over Bassano and was named the man of match. On 14 September, he played his first game in Serie A in a 1–0 loss with Juventus and four days later, he made his European debut against Borussia Dortmund. On 19 October 2008, Sánchez scored his first league goal against Lecce. After this first goal, Sánchez got into a minor slump, in which he took much criticism. The criticism ended after scoring the winning goal in the 90th minute against Bologna in a 1–0 win, being named the man of match.

On 20 July 2011, Barcelona of the Spanish La Liga confirmed they had agreed to a €26 million fee (including €11.5 million in certain bonuses) with Udinese for the transfer of Sánchez, becoming the first Chilean to play for the club. “Sánchez is very young,” said then-manager Pep Guardiola. “He can play in all three attacking positions, he shows intense defensive skills, he’s direct and from what I’ve been told, he’s a very nice kid.” The transfer was finalised five days later when he passed a medical and signed a five-year contract. “I want to learn from players like Lionel Messi and Xavi Hernández; I want to help the club win more titles,” said Sánchez.

On 10 July 2014, Sánchez signed for Arsenal on a long-term contract for an undisclosed fee, reported to be around £35 million. Sánchez was given the squad number 17, previously worn by Nacho Monreal, who took the vacant number 18 instead – but now wears the shirt number 7 left by Tomas Rosicky. In a statement released by the club, Sánchez said that he was “so happy to be joining Arsenal, a club which has a great manager, a fantastic squad of players, huge support around the world and a great stadium in London.”

Sánchez has been a full international for Chile since 2006, and has earned 93 caps, making him the team’s second-most capped player of all time after goalkeeper Claudio Bravo. With 31 goals, he is their joint-third top-scorer of all time. He played in two FIFA World Cups (2010 and 2014) as well as the 2011, 2015 and 2016 Copa América tournaments, winning both the 2015 and 2016 Copa. He was named the player of the tournament for the 2016 Copa centurion.

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