Arsene Wenger believes he has at least four more years left in management and says his preference is to continue to lead Arsenal.
The Frenchman’s position at the club has come under huge scrutiny following the midweek defeat to Bayern Munich in the Champions League.
Many commentators feel Wenger’s time at the club is coming to an end, with his current deal set to expire in the summer.
However, the 67-year-old insists he is keen to continue and is not ready to retire just yet.
“Alex Ferguson has some other interests in life and he was older than I am today. He was four years older, he retired at 71 and I’m 67,” he said via the Daily Mail.
Wenger was then asked if that meant he had four years left and replied: “Maybe more, maybe less, I don’t know. Everybody is different on that front and I do not want to take anything away from Alex Ferguson, he was an absolutely unbelievable manager but he had enough and I’m not at that stage.”
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Wenger insisted in Friday’s pre-match press conference that he would not retire at the end of the season and would manage next year, whether at Arsenal or elsewhere, but insisted he was not sending a warning to the Gunners.
“It’s not a threat, not at all,” he added. ‘My preference is always to manage Arsenal and I have shown that. I think I am adult enough to analyse the situation.”
Despites his words, Wenger’s future at the club looks hugely uncertain and it would surprise nobody if he were to walk away when his contract expires at the end of the season.