Paul Merson has accused Arsene Wenger of being “too arrogant for his own good” as speculation regarding his Arsenal future rumbles on.
With his current contract set to expire at the end of the season, uncertainty continues to shroud both his and the Gunners’ plans for 2017-18.
Wenger claims a decision has been made, as calls for him to leave mount in intensity, but he is yet to reveal what action will be taken.
Certain sections of a disgruntled fan base are eager to see the club move in a different direction, but various first team stars have called for the Frenchman to stay on and be handed fresh terms.
Former Arsenal forward Merson believes Wenger will remain at Emirates Stadium for another 12 months, but he has questioned the thinking process behind keeping everyone waiting.
He wrote in a column for the Daily Star: “Arsene Wenger is becoming too arrogant for his own good. Arsenal is a club with so many loyal supporters and he’s just doing what he wants and keeping everybody in the dark about his future.
“There’s a real arrogance about that. It feels like he is just mugging everybody off. And then he says talks are on hold with Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil because it might distract the team.
“What about his own future? It’s a bit hypocritical. It’s not just Sanchez and Ozil anyway. The other players haven’t shown any heart either. The last couple of performances have been bordering on pathetic.
“Where was the heart against West Brom? Everybody knows the Baggies are great at set plays, and Arsenal go for zonal marking! It’s unbelievable. I think Wenger is one result away from signing.
“I think he’s waiting for a big win so he can do it then. But it should have been decided by now. It’s gone on too long and it’s hurting the club.”
Merson has previously expressed a belief that Wenger will commit to a one-year extension with Arsenal before making way for his former captain Patrick Vieira.
The ex-France international is a club legend and a man currently cutting his managerial teeth in Major League Soccer with New York City.