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Friday 30 September 2016

Wenger's last year

Arsene Wenger Photo: Nick Potts/PA Wire
Arsene Wenger Photo: Nick Potts/PA Wire

Former Arsenal midfielder Ray Parlour believes Arsene Wenger will still be in charge next season - but it could be his last.

The Gunners boss is once again facing calls to quit from a growing section of fans following another failure to mount a title challenge.

Parlour, who played under Wenger the last time Arsenal won the title in 2004, says the board should have a decision to make over his future this summer.

However, he feels the Frenchman will be able to leave on his own terms once his current contract runs out due to his past achievements and the lack of viable alternatives.

"I don't think he'll leave, I think he'll be there next season," said Parlour. "It's a situation where Wenger will decide when he leaves, and he's been there so long he probably deserves that.

"But it might be his last season next year, at the end of his contract. At the moment it's going to be difficult for the board to get rid of Arsene.

"You always worry about which manager comes in next. Who would you have? Jurgen Klopp's gone to Liverpool, Pep Guardiola to Man City. There isn't a huge amount of managers out there.

"It's a big decision they've got to make. If you're going to sack a manager you've got to have a plan. And if they don't have a plan then they've got to keep him."

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