WENGER WILL NOT RETIRE FROM FOOTBALL NEXT SEASON

Arsene Wenger has reiterated his desire to manage beyond the end of the season, but refused to confirm whether that would still be with Arsenal.

Calls from fans for the 67-year-old to leave after over 20 years in charge have intensified following the midweek 5-1 Champions League mauling at Bayern Munich.

But, after making an impassioned defence of his time at the club, Wenger said he had no intention of retiring.

He told a news conference ahead of Monday’s FA Cup fifth-round tie at non-league Sutton United: “I am used to the speculation over my future. I have been here for 20 years. But no matter what happens, I will manage next season.

“Regardless of whether it is here or not, it is for sure that I will still manage. In life, it is important to do what is right. If I said that I will make a decision in March or April, it is because I did not know. I speak to the board but I do not want to talk about how they view my future. My future is not important, the team and Arsenal are important.

“There is always debate over whether I should leave after a disappointment. It is important for the club to make the right decision for the future.

“I did not work here for 20 years not to care. I had many opportunities to go somewhere else but I care for this club and its future. It is important to be in safe hands.”

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