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Saturday 25 March 2017

Wenger: 'Bellerin exit is fake news'

Arsene Wenger. Photo: PA
Arsene Wenger. Photo: PA

Arsene Wenger refused to talk about his own Arsenal future but insisted reports suggesting both assistant manager Boro Primorac and full-back Hector Bellerin were set to leave the club were inaccurate.

The Gunners boss has yet to decide on whether to sign a new two-year deal at the Emirates Stadium, with his current contract set to expire at the end of the season.

Fans have protested against Wenger's reign before the last two Arsenal home games as a string of poor results has seen the club drop off the pace in the Premier League title race and lose 10-2 on aggregate to Bayern Munich in the Champions League.

A 5-0 victory over Lincoln to reach the FA Cup semi-finals has not eased much pressure on Wenger - but he would not be drawn on his decision when asked about it during his press conference ahead of tomorrow's trip to West Brom.

"I have nothing to say about that anymore," he said.

"Every press conference is about that and we have talked enough about that. I've talked enough about that."

Earlier in the week it was reported that Wenger's right-hand man Primorac was set to leave and take up a managerial post in Turkey - but the Frenchman once again channelled his inner Donald Trump to play down the rumours.

"That's a complete invention," he said.

"It's good today. You say anything and everybody takes it without checking any information. Everybody just takes and takes it and makes a subject. It's not serious. Fake news."

Meanwhile right-back Bellerin has again been linked with a move to Barcelona having enjoyed a good season in north London.

But, like with his assistant, Wenger said there was no foundation to suggestions the 21-year-old was set for an exit.

Arsenal sit fifth in the table ahead of their trip to The Hawthorns and Wenger now faces a fight to maintain his record of always finishing in the top four in each of the 20 full seasons he has been at the helm.

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