Arsene Wenger will stay at Arsenal, claims former star

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Arsene Wenger will still be manager of Arsenal when next season starts, according to former Gunner Stephen Hughes.

The Arsenal manager suffered another humiliating defeat at the hands of Everton on Sunday afternoon, losing 3-0.

Thanks to a four-game winless run Arsenal's fate is now out of their hands as the Toffees will finish in fourth place if they manage to win their last six games.

If Arsenal fail to reach the Champions League it will be the first time they have failed to do so in Wenger's 18-year tenure. With Wenger's contract due to expire in the summer, there is a feeling from a number of fans that he should leave should Arsenal fall out of the top four.

However, former Arsenal midfielder Hughes believe Wenger will remain in charge at the Emirates Stadium regardless of what happens in their last five games.

Hughes told talkSPORT: "I personally still think he will be there but it will be very interesting to see what happens in the coming games.

"I still think Arsenal's games are very winnable. I know it went to the last game of last season [to qualify for the Champions League] and it might do that this time but I still think Arsene Wenger will be there next season."

Arsenal were once favourites for the Premier League title and were five points clear at the top at one stage. But their demise has left Gunners fans feeling frustrated. Hughes says Wenger is obviously feeling the strain and is just as disappointed as the fans.

"He does an excellent job and he is as frustrated as everyone. I can see it in his face, I can see it when he does interviews, I can see it at the side of the pitch, I can see it in his eyes.

"He’s normally the calmest man in the whole of the football club and one of the calmest men I’ve ever in football but every now and again I’ve seen him go and I could see it in his eyes today so it wouldn’t surprise me at all, especially at half-time, if a lot of harsh words were said.

"He’s still got that fire in the belly and I’m sure he’s watching the videos [of the game at Everton] over and over again because he’s meticulous like that."

Arsenal's next game sees them take on the FA Cup holders Wigan in the semi-final of the cup competition at Wembley Stadium next Saturday.

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