Arsenal fans react to club statement on Arsene Wenger

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Usually, when a club makes an official announcement about their manager it's either to announce a new contract or to inform everyone that they've left their post.

Earlier this afternoon, Arsenal caused something of a stir among their own when an unexpected announcement from the club's hierarchy surfaced on social media.

Interesting timing, especially as the club have just crashed out the Champions League to a damaging 10-2 aggregate scoreline to Bayern Munich. What on earth could it be about?

Gunners chairman Sir Chips Keswick – who incidentally has the best name ever! – released a short and sweet statement addressing the recent protests to oust manager Arsene Wenger.

The 67-year-old's contract expires at the end of the season and so far he is yet to make up his mind about what to do, admitting that the fans' protestations would play a part in what he ends up deciding.

In the statement, Sir Keswick said: “We are fully aware of the attention currently focused on the club and understand the debate.

"We respect that fans are entitled to their different individual opinions but we will always run this great football club with its best long-term interests at heart.

"Arsène has a contract until the end of the season. Any decisions will be made by us mutually and communicated at the right time in the right way.”

There it is, just three short sentences, but what could it mean? It can absolutely be taken in a number of ways.

It could be a cryptic way of announcing that Wenger will not be offered a new deal, or a less than subtle way of telling the fans to pipe down and get behind the team for the rest of the season.

Fans aren't quite sure what to make of it either, but one thing is for sure – they don't appreciate it.

It is a provocative statement that clearly has no definable message, and the whole affair surrounding the manager's future is now turning into a complete circus.

Whatever you may think of Wenger's performance over the past few years, he clearly deserves more respect than he's currently getting.

What he's done for both Arsenal and English football in general should never be underestimated, and it would be a huge shame to see him go out on a note like this.

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