Arsene Wenger has denied talks that he will be retiring as manager at the end of the season, but didn’t say if he’ll remain at Arsenal.
The frenchman has been at Arsenal for 21 years now, but has a contract that will expire at the end of the season and it doesn’t look like he’ll be signing an extension.
Speculation over his future has grown since the loss to Chelsea and intensified after the 5-1 humiliation at the hands of Bayern.
The Frenchman insisted on Friday that he will not retire, but he did not confirm he will remain in his current post.
“No matter what happens, I will manage next season whether that is here or somewhere else,” he said.
“It is important for the club to make the right decision for the future. I have not worked 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.”
He refused to be perturbed by speculation, however.
“I am used to it. I’ve been here for 20 years. In life, it is important to do what is right. I am in a public job and I must accept that. Everybody can have an opinion,” he added.
“If I said March, April, it is because I didn’t know. I do not want to comment [on my future]. My future is not important, the team is and Arsenal Football Club.
“We have to focus on real problems, the way we play football and not my future.”
The former Monaco boss did admit, however, that the midweek loss stung.
“I hate defeat, I hate to lose games. I have a big responsibility at this club. It is difficult to take but I have the strength and experience.”