Wenger Praises Arsenal Fans as End of an Era Looms

Arsene Wenger admits he's already planning transfer for next season

Goals from Theo Walcott and Shkodran Mustafi cancelled out strikes from Leroy Sane and Sergio Aguero in North London.

Arsenal defender Shkodran Mustafi again restored parity eight minutes after the break when he rose above Nicolas Otamendi to head Mesut Ozil's corner past keeper Willy Caballero, but both neither side could find a victor. "I love this club", Wenger said after the game. Overall I felt it was a mental test and overall you could see the team was touched on the confidence front.

"We have shown great mental resources because we went a goal down twice and one time it was at the worst moment in a game, just before half-time".

"We just came back from the worldwide break and our confidence is slowly coming back".

The Gunners remain sixth in the table following this weekend's results and are trailing fourth-placed City by seven points, although they have a game in hand.

Former Arsenal goalkeeper Bob Wilson told BBC Radio 5 Live's Sportsweek programme that Wenger "should declare his future for the good of the club".

He continued: "In very hard moments in the game I felt that our fans - at 1-0 down, at 2-1 down - could have turned against us".

It was important to win, however, to ease the pressure mounting on his shoulders, but the same could be said for Pep Guardiola who knows his position may come under scrutiny should City fail to finish in the top four. While the support, through the game, was outstanding, there were protests outside the Emirates, suggesting the "Wenger out" brigade isn't ready to silently into the night yet.

Laurent Koscielny was taken off at the interval, with a suspected injury forcing Arsene Wenger to replace him with Gabriel Paulista, who did OK.

Gilberto would not be drawn on whether he thinks Wenger will leave Arsenal when his contract runs out in June.

"If you listen to (Manchester City manager) Pep Guardiola, he said the other day that to achieve the top four in England is a trophy because it's so hard", said the Frenchman.

"I do believe he's the right man", he said. "We play against a team who is stable in what they do. I focus on what I think is important during the game".

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