Arsene Wenger Says Future At Arsenal Uncertain But Rules Out Retirement

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Arsene Wenger has been an Arsenal manager for over 2 decades and has never been under more scrutiny and pressure to leave his position than now after his side’s recent thrashing at the hands of Bayern Munich, but this has not been enough to stop a determined Wenger to give up the role of management so easily as he confirmed on Friday in a press conference.

However, it is yet unsure whether the Frenchman will sign a contract extension with the London club or head to another destination which will welcome his expertise and experience.

As reported by The Guardian, Wenger said, “No matter what happens, I will manage next season, whether it’s here or somewhere else I am not sure.”

The 67-year-old also claimed that he feels the pain of defeat as much as anyone and feels responsible for the humiliating defeat.

 “I want to do extremely well, I feel a big responsibility,” Wenger said. “You do not stay somewhere for 20 years and walk out of a defeat like that and whistle. But I have the strength and experience to deal with that.”

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The manager further added how he hates defeat and is used to criticism by the fans and pundits after his side’s display in Germany and went on to add “I am in a public job, I accept that and I have to behave with my values and accept everyone can have an opinion.”

The Gunners boss is yet to decide on a contract extension worth £8 million a year and might come to a conclusion by March or April as far as reports are concerned.

Players like Sanchez and Ozil have been at the centre of attention alongside their manager and the German’s agent believes that Ozil has been made a scapegoat for Arsenal’s poor results.

“But Mesut feels people are not focusing on his performance; they are using him as a scapegoat for the team after bad results,” he told BBC Sport.

However, he went on to confirm that the midfielder is fully committed to Arsenal and results and criticism have not affected him mentally.

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