Arsene Wenger: I won’t quit my job at Arsenal

Arsene Wenger has refused to confirm he will be Arsenal manager next season as uncertainty over his future mounts

Arsene Wenger: I won’t quit my job at Arsenal

Arsene Wenger has refused to confirm he will be Arsenal manager next season as uncertainty over his future mounts

28 February 2018 Wednesday 17:11
Arsene Wenger: I won’t quit my job at Arsenal

In an intriguing meeting with press members, the Frenchman grew tetchy at questions about his job, ultimately declining to confront assertions that his time at the club is drawing to a close.

The under-pressure boss claimed he is ‘amazed’ his job is under such scrutiny given he has ‘turned down the world’ to remain in north London.

Wenger has rejected approaches from Real Madrid, Paris Saint-Germain, and Bayern Munich during his tenure at Arsenal.

But Sportsmail revealed this week that the club will review Wenger’s position this summer with the prospect of ending his 22-year reign emerging as a genuine option.

And in response to the scrutiny over his job and the pending review, Wenger said: ‘My position is my position.

‘Honestly, that’s the last worry I have at the moment. My worry is to focus, to get the team ready for tomorrow’s game (against Manchester City).’

When asked to confirm whether he has been informed of the end of season review, Wenger continued: ‘I just told you, I just gave you the answer of what my way of thinking is.

‘It’s the next game. We are in that kind of situation where you want to focus on the next game. I don’t ask you if your position is reviewed at the end of the season.

‘My job is to focus on performing and my job is to perform. It’s for other people to judge me, it isn’t for me to evaluate that.

‘Do I expect to be in charge next season? I just told you the answer. If you need clarity, I can repeat exactly the same answer.

‘Exactly, that’s the clarity. Does it stop you to sleep that my position is uncertain or would not be certain, or is certain? No.

‘What is interesting in football is the performances of football, the game you will see on Thursday night. That is what is important. All the rest may make headlines, but it is not really interesting.

‘I am just amazed that I have to always answer things that are exactly the same. I am here for 21 years, I turned the whole world down to respect my contracts.

‘So I am still amazed that I still have to answer these types of questions.’
The Gunners boss came under increased scrutiny following their lacklustre performance in the 3-0 Carabao Cup final loss to Manchester City on Sunday.

There is also an increasing likelihood that the north London outfit will miss out on Champions League football for the second consecutive season.

But Wenger swatted away doubts over his future and said he is firmly committed to returning to European's premier competition next season.

'Our target is to qualify for the top four, he added. 'What I want is for us to focus on a united way, and respond tomorrow in a good way. To win the game.'


Updated: 28.02.2018 17:25
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