Arsene Wenger could remain as Arsenal boss even if the Gunners fail to qualify for Champions League football, according to reports.
The under-pressure Frenchman penned a two-year contract extension at the end of last season much to the dismay of frustrated Arsenal fans.
And hopes of finishing in the top four are quickly slipping through their grasp as they sit eight points off rivals Chelsea.
Their only hope of playing in next season’s elite competition is by winning the Europa League while they take on Man City in the Carabao Cup final on Sunday.
But even if Arsenal fail to lift any silverware, Wenger will decide his own future at the club.
According to French publication le10sport, the hierarchy are not willing to swing the axe because they view him as a club icon.
Wenger opened the cheque book in January to strengthen his squad and drop further hints that he has at least one more season left in charge.
High profile names Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Henrikh Mkhitaryan both arrived with Alexis Sanchez, Theo Walcott and Olivier among the names that headed for the exit door.
And Wenger is ready to take a leaf out of Manchester United’s book by turning all their attentions to the Europa League.
They are on the brink of qualifying for the last-16 after winning 3-0 in Ostersunds last Thursday.