I’ll still be a manager next season, says Arsenal boss Wenger
...but will it be with the Gunners? He doesn't say
17 February, 2017 — By Steve Barnett
Arsene Wenger: ‘No matter what happens I will manage next season – here, or somewhere else. That’s absolutely for sure’
ARSENE Wenger has finally opened up about his future, revealing that he will not be retiring this summer, even if it means managing a club other than Arsenal.
Wenger’s current contract at the club expires in five months, with a growing number of supporters and ex-players predicting he’s ready to exit the Emirates following a string of frustrating results.
The Gunners boss’s weekly press conference this morning (Friday) to dicuss Monday’s FA Cup trip to Sutton was dominated by questions on his future and, although the Frenchman didn’t give much away, he did make one thing crystal clear.
“At the moment we have other priorities and my future is not important – it’s Arsenal Football Club, the future of our team and what we can achieve until the end of the season that is important,” he said.
“No matter what happens I will manage next season – here, or somewhere else. That’s absolutely for sure.
“I hate to lose games and I want to do well for this club.”
Wenger did not deny telling German media this week that he will make a decision about his future soon but, when pressed on what he said exactly, the 67-year-old replied: “If I said ‘March or April’ it is because I didn’t know.”
Wenger went on to say: “Before I arrived, Arsenal had played less elite European games than I had managed in my career.
“It’s not like before I arrived Arsenal had won five European Cups – they had played 10 games in the history of the club. You have to take it in perspective.
“As long as you don’t win absolutely everything there’s always something wrong. You have to accept that.
“On the other hand, in the last 20 years only three clubs managed to play every year in the Champions League – Arsenal, Bayern Munich and Real Madrid. Not everything is wrong.”