Bob Wilson urges Arsene Wenger to go public over Arsenal future or risk harming club

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Under wraps: Wenger says any suggestion his delay is causing instability is an 'easy excuse': Arsenal FC via Getty Images

Former Arsenal goalkeeper Bob Wilson has urged Arsene Wenger to make clear whether he intends to remain at the club next season.

The 75-year-old worked under Wenger at the club as a goalkeeping coach until 2003 and believes the Frenchman is still capable of motivating his squad.

Wenger is yet to sign a two-year extension to his current deal which expires in the summer, but says he is very clear over what he will do despite not making that decision public.

And Wilson fears the delay over an announcement is breeding uncertainty and has called on Wenger to clarify his position.

He told BBC Radio 5 Live's Sportsweek programme: "I think it would be good for the club, the players and the fans. I don't think the players know which way he is going to go at the moment and I feel that maybe they should know.

"It doesn't help that you've got this constant rumour that (Alexis) Sanchez is going to go to Chelsea or abroad, and (Mesut) Ozil wants to do this and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.. is thinking of moving on.

"I just think it would be very good for the club all the way round if we just had a little bit more clarity."

Wilson, who still serves as a club ambassador, believes Wenger has been unfairly pilloried for his side's apparent slide out of top-four contention this season.

And he insists the Gunners' current crop of star names lack the spirit and commitment shown by previous sides of his era and Wenger's famous 'Invincibles'.

Wilson added: "I won't have it that he (Wenger) is not able to motivate his players - what I'm concerned about is the personality and the character of the players he has with him.

"There are some terrific players (but) I look at my team of many years ago and I look at the Invincibles and I think there is certainly a leadership (issue)."

Wilson admitted he is upset by the sight of Arsenal fans arguing over Wenger's future - culminating in the farcical sight of two planes bearing contrasting messages circling The Hawthorns during their Premier League game at West Brom last month.

He added: "I think he (Wenger) wants to be there. What I don't want is Arsene Wenger to leave Arsenal FC under a cloud.

"I know he'll always be welcomed back after he retires but I'm really hurting to see Arsenal fans arguing amongst themselves right now."

Additional reporting by PA