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Arsene Wenger Pledges Future to Arsenal Despite Poor Start

LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 01:  Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger looks on during the Barclays Premier League match between Arsenal and Swansea City at the Emirates Stadium on December 1, 2012 in London, England.  (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)
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Adrian AgiusAnalyst IDecember 3, 2012

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has vowed to stick by Arsenal despite their horrendous start to the English Premier League season. The Gunners succumb to a 2-0 defeat at the hands of Swansea on the weekend, a defeat which sees them drop to 10th on the Premier League ladder.

In an interview published on Goal.com, the Frenchman answered questions about his future at Arsenal and the mounting pressure on Wenger's side to perform, the Arsenal manager said:

"If you ask me always about my future, I can only give you one answer, I always respected my contracts and that is it.

I believe that at the moment we cannot be satisfied with the quality of our game but, at the moment, that is more important than the psychological side.

You look at the moment at this uncertainty amongst the fans, where there is not complete confidence that we will win games. I don't know if it has an influence on our performance - we have to look at the solution from inside and not expect too much from outside."

Arsenal remain winless in three games in the league following the defeat. Despite having qualified for the knockout phases of the Champions League, their poor domestic form has fans questioning whether the Gunners will make an appearance in Europe's premier competition next year.

During a time where Chelsea are willing to chop and change coaching staff—despite sitting in the top three in the league—could Arsenal to do the same?

Wenger was put in a similar situation last year after Arsenal suffered a early and mid-season slumps. In the end, the Gunners recovered to finish third, justifying their faith in the 63-year-old.

Arsenal's recent poor run also raises questions about the club's transfer policy. Following the sale of Robin van Persie to Manchester United in the summer, the Gunners have never really replaced the Dutch International. Despite bringing Olivier Giroud and Lukas Podolski to the club, Wenger is yet to establish a consistent scoring partnership.

With a tie against fourth placed West Bromwich Albion looming, Arsenal will look to come out of their away clash against Olympiacos as fresh as possible. Arsene Wenger is likely to field a young side, seeing as though Arsenal are already assured qualification. 

Wenger's contract at Arsenal comes to an end in 18 months, but he is far from assured a renewal at this stage.

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