Arsene Wenger has insisted in his pre-match press conference that he won’t retire at the end of the season. The Frenchman’s contract expires in just a few months and he claimed that he could move elsewhere to manage (via Arsenal.com).
It feels like a very important time in Arsenal’s recent history with the growing feeling that Arsene Wenger will step down as manager in the summer. The 5-1 defeat to Bayern Munich seems to have been the tipping point for a number of fans as pressure mounts on the Frenchman.
Now, Wenger has given an update on his own future and despite not saying whether he will or will not remain at the Emirates, has said that he will not retire.
“No matter what happens I will manage next season whether it’s here or somewhere else,” Wenger insisted. “That’s absolutely for sure.
“I hate defeat and I hate to lose games and want to do well for this club and I feel a huge responsibility.”
It’s not the first time that Arsene Wenger has been on the receiving end of criticism from fans and players but this time feels different. The defeat to Bayern Munich really affected a number of supporters and it all but assured Arsenal’s Round-Of-16 exit from the Champions League for the seventh consecutive season. With the Frenchman’s contract expiring in the summer, there’s a growing feeling that this could be it for Wenger.
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“That’s an eternal debate when you’re somewhere for a long time and you have a big disappointment.
“Even when I go, Arsenal will not win every single game in the future, that’s part of football. If you look at Arsenal’s history, they had fewer games in Europe before I arrived than since I joined.
“In the future, I hope Arsenal can win this trophy but it’s not like they won the trophy five times in their history, they’ve never won it and you have to take that into account.”
It’s bound to happen eventually but it will be strange to see Arsenal Football Club without Arsene Wenger in the dugout. Despite that, it would be even stranger to see the Frenchman at another team. He’s been courted by some of the largest clubs on the planet in the past couple of decades and if he does leave Arsenal this summer, it will be very interesting to see where he goes.