Arsenal legend Robert Pirès told French television that Arsène Wenger’s job is safe thanks to Arsenal’s Premier League form.

After seven games, the Gunners are just three points from Manchester United at the top of the table and face Louis van Gaal’s men on Sunday afternoon.

Should the Gunners win the league, 12 years after Wenger last lifted the title, there will be very few questions around his ability to manage the side. According to Pirès, that’s the target for the club this season.

So does that explain the rotation in the Champions League? Wenger has not treated the European competition as his priority, which is odd.

On Tuesday night using David Ospina rather than Petr Čech almost certainly cost the Gunners one goal, and leaves us on the brink of exiting the competition at the group stage.

The first game of the group stage saw Arsenal lose 2-1 away to Dinamo Zagreb, but to lose at home to Olympiacos is an even bigger shock. Coming after the first loss, you’d have expected Wenger not to take any risks.

Now, with back-to-back games against giants Bayern Munich to come, Arsenal face an unenviable task. If Wenger’s been told, or decided, to prioritise the league as he sees a bigger chance of winning it then some of his decisions would be explained.

A win against Manchester United on Sunday would give Arsenal a big boost in the title race, and clinching the title in May would surely settle many doubts that fans have about the manager.