Arsene Wenger has indicated that Arsenal failing to finish in the top four this season would have no bearing on whether he stays on as manager.
Wenger’s current contract expires at the end of the campaign and many Gunners fans are opposed to him staying at the Emirates Stadium.
The Gunners have never failed to secure a top-four finish under the Frenchman, but are three points away from the Champions League places with just two matches of the season left to play.
But Wenger, speaking at a press conference on Monday morning, said: “I believe if we finish outside the top four it will not have any influence on how the club will be led and behaves in the transfer market.
“Our chances are just to win our games. Getting 75 points would be four more points than last year.
“We had a difficult period and we have recovered from it. I’m very positive. It looks like we’ve been getting stronger every game.”
Wenger, whose team face newly-crowned Premier League champions Chelsea in the FA Cup final at Wembley on 27 May, was again reluctant to comment when asked about his future.
“I know where you want to lead me and I can’t give an indication,” he said.