Facing unprecedented criticism and calls for him to stand down as manager of Arsenal, Arsene Wenger has apparently told his staff that he will not step aside this summer and intends to see out the remainder of his contract that ends in June 2019.
Sunday's 2-1 loss to Brighton has left Arsenal with an uphill battle to secure a top-four finish.
A group of Arsenal fans will lobby chief executive Ivan Gazidis this weekend in an attempt to persuade the club to replace Arsene Wenger this summer and announce his departure before the end of the season.
Janusz Michallik breaks down Arsenal's loss at Brighton and explains why it looks like Arsene Wenger's side have waved the white flag on this season.
"I know it's hard at the moment in this hard period we are going through as a team but we need you".
He was nicknamed Le Professor but I knew he would make the changes he needed at Arsenal
9 - with nine games remaining, Arsenal are already mathematically eliminated from title contention - 33 points behind leaders Manchester City with 27 to play for.
"It's the first time I lost so many games on the trot in my life. But, at the moment, we have different worries in how to come back to winning a game". The Gunners face Milan at 1 p.m. Thursday in the UEFA Europa League at San Siro stadium in Milan, Italy.
Wenger, in a somewhat freaky analogy more befitting the occasional ramblings of compatriot Eric Cantona, the former Manchester United star, added: "When you struggle for confidence, it's hard as well when you have just the pants on..."
The Belgium assistant coach said on Sky Sports' Super Sunday: "Listen, I'm a competitor, you don't back down from a challenge".
Arsenal's next big test is against AC Milan in a clash of the old European heavyweights, in the UEFA Europa League. These are always the questions you get when you are in the situation we are in.
Sections of the away support chanted: "We want Wenger out" as Arsenal went 2-0 down in the first half, but defender Laurent Koscielny said the manager should not get all the blame.