'The silence is deafening' - Ian Wright delivers verdict after Tottenham demolish Arsenal
By Will Butcher
Ian Wright has urged Arsenal’s owners to end the speculation over Arsene Wenger’s future and make public their plans for the future.
Wenger watched on from the dugout as the Gunners suffered a comprehensive 2-0 north London derby defeat to Tottenham on Sunday, with his future remaining in doubt after a poor 2016-17 campaign.
The 67-year-old Frenchman has two months remaining on his current Arsenal contract, but no decision has been released in the public domain over whether he will be signing a new deal.
Speaking on BBC One’s transmission of Match of the Day 2 on Sunday evening (10.30pm), ex-Gunners striker Wright claimed the lack of information from the board stands out and urged them to take action.
“They (Spurs) deserve everything they get at the moment,” Wright said.
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“This is a north London derby, you know? I still believe in the owners; but something has to be said. The silence is deafening.
“We might not finish in the top four, but someone has to come out and say something. If you had the choice between the two sides, of course you’re going to choose spurs.”
Goals from Dele Alli and Harry Kane earned Spurs all three points at White Hart Lane, confirming that Mauricio Pochettino’s side would finish above Arsenal for the first time since 1994-95.
With five games to go, the Gunners are in danger of not finishing in the top four of the Premier League for the first time in 20 years, as they sit in sixth place and six points away from fourth.
Despite possessing a game in hand, Arsenal may have to win all five remaining fixtures against Man United, Southampton, Stoke, Sunderland and Everton to have any chance of qualifying for the Champions League.
Wright’s former side are next in action against Jose Mourinho’s Man United at the Emirates Stadium on Sunday, in a clash that could prove crucial come the end of the season.
In other Arsenal news, Danny Murphy believes the Gunners were swept aside tactically by Spurs.