Arsene Wenger has rubbished reports that Arsenal assistant manager Boro Primorac and Gunners defender Hector Bellerin want to leave the troubled Premier League club.
The Gunners' 3-1 defeat to West Brom on Saturday compounded an already miserable season for Wenger's side and, after the game, he teased supporters with an intriguing message.
"Chile go to Argentina for a massive game but they play only next week", Wenger added.
Arsenal are in danger of sliding out of contention for a top-four finish and Wenger, whose last Premier League title was 13 years ago, said: "We have a big fight, I agree with you and it could be very hard now". Wenger said the club were not aware of his decision and nothing would be announced during the global break.
The German newspaper Bild claimed on Sunday that Arsenal had approached Borussia Dortmund about their manager Thomas Tuchel's availability as a potential replacement for Wenger. "It's more, it's not that", said the Arsenal boss, according to ESPN FC.
According to Staff at the club's London Colney training base, Wenger is showing a positive change in his mood which is being viewed as an indication that he has chose to stay.
Leaving Arsenal behind and either retiring or managing at a club where he would not have complete autonomy is a haunting proposition for Wenger.
But the Frenchman seemingly has the support of his players, with compatriot Giroud in no doubt that Wenger is still the best man for the job.
"I take a bigger perspective than that".
But what does Wenger say to that?
Wenger said this weekend that his future does not depend on qualifying for the Champions League next season, but Giroud hopes to take that out of the equation by securing a top-four finish. 'It's not the last result that will decide what I will do.
"You will see. Today I do not necessarily worry about that, we are in a unique bad patch we never had in 20 years". As long as I am at the club, whether that is for two more years, 10 more years or four more months, that will not be different.
"It is a situation I can't remember happening at another club, certainly in the Premier League, where you have got a large number of protests and then the manager signs again - even the fact the board would offer him another contract...."