Olivier Giroud reveals how Arsenal players feel about Arsene Wenger's future

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Even if you're not an Arsenal fan you won't have been able to miss all the talk and speculation surrounding Arsene Wenger's future this season.

It's been one of the bigger narratives of the 2016/17 campaign and with his current deal set to expire over the summer, things are about to come to a head.

With a two-year deal on the table, the 67-year-old is rumoured to have agreed to stay on, despite growing protests from the stands.

The Gunners went down 3-1 to West Bromwich Albion at the weekend, with pundits and fans seeming to agree that their performance suggested that Wenger had lost the dressing room.

Simple defensive errors permeated their play as the game went on, causing everyone to call Wenger's influence into question.

However, according to Olivier Giroud, the dressing room is united behind the manager with the players all hoping that he remains in charge for another two years.

Arsenal's poor form not only saw them lose to West Brom, but suffer an embarrassing 10-2 aggregate defeat to Bayern Munich in the Champions League as well, which is the club's biggest loss in the competition.

But with criticism coming from all sides lately, Wenger's steely determination has seen him become almost impervious to the calls to quit.

And this is something that is supported by compatriot Giroud, who spoke about the squad's hopes for the remainder of the season, highlighting a desire to bring a modicum of success to the club and salvage something from what has been a very odd campaign indeed.

“We want Arsène Wenger to renew his contract, to continue his adventure, because we support him. We hope we can win the Cup and that Arsenal qualify for the Champions League,” Giroud told Canal Plus (via The Guardian).

Fans now face an anxious wait to see if the reports of Wenger penning a new deal are true, while fans everywhere else await the inevitable backlash from Arsenal Fan TV.

Reports broke on Monday night claiming that Wenger had put pen-to-paper on a two-year deal with the club now waiting for the right moment to make the announcement.

Uh...we're going to say never! He's not exactly the most popular person at the club right now.

However, his commitment may inspire others to follow suit. As it stands, the club are still trying to convince both Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez to sign new deals, and the stability may make them decide to prolong their own stays.

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