David Platt: Uncertainty at Arsenal will cost them Champions League place

Former Arsenal midfielder David Platt has urged his former manager Arsene Wenegr to sign a new contract, if only to end uncertainty at the club amid concerns they could miss out on a Champions League place.

Platt, who tasted success under Wenger in the Double-winning side of 1997/98, said:

"I find it quite bizarre that the prize for getting into the Champions League and that's what Arsenal are battling for - and at the moment they're not going to get there - but that's what they're going for and I can't believe for the life of me that the club doesn't recognize that all this talk and all the things that he's saying there are actually giving the players an excuse to create uncertainty around the place.

"Even if he's leaving, sign the contract and put a clause in it. For want of a better word, lie so you can settle things down and get on with it, qualify for the Champions League and then leave in the summer because that prize is too big.

"It can be so damaging, especially for a club like Arsenal. They want to run it financially well, fair enough, but you have one year out of that Champions League and that's a lot of money and you're not competing for the top players either.

"To me, it seems bizarre that he can go into a press conference after a result like that and then tease us. None of us are any the wiser with the words he comes out with."