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Sky Sports pundit Jamie Carragher believes Arsenal have to make a big decision at the end of the current campaign.
The former Liverpool defender was talking about Arsene Wenger’s long-term future at the club. Wenger’s contract expires at the end of the current campaign and the boss is yet to decide if he will sign a new deal or not.
Reports claim the club wants the boss to stay longer but Carragher believes it is going to be a big decision for the chiefs to make at the end of the season.
Wenger hasn’t failed to qualify for the Champions League in the last two decades but Carragher believes the club could demand more than that at the end of the season. Hence, they will have to decide whether to stick with the French man or not.
“Are Arsenal’s board happy that a manager will guarantee top four, or would you make that decision at the end if Arsenal don’t win the league, which I don’t think they will,” said Carragher on Sky Sports’ Super Sunday football programme .
“Do you take that chance on a manager who might get us closer to the league, do something different, or you’ve also then got the risk of does that mean you’re going to be out of the top four, because Liverpool have hardly been in the top four the last 10 years, Chelsea have been out, Manchester United have been out. Arsenal have always been there, but is that enough.
“I think that’s the big decision they’ve got at the end of the season. They have got the top four season in season out, or are they going to take the chance that may take them there, but also take them outside of the top four.”
Arsenal have not won the Premier League since 2004 and Wenger has faced criticism as a result. The fans staged a protest against the boss when the club fell behind its rivals in the title race last season and some reports claim that is the reason Wenger is yet to commit his long-term future to the club.