Not ready to walk away

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Arsene Wenger admits he is unsure when he will retire from management but insists he is not ready to walk away from the game just yet.

The Frenchman pointed to he fact that Sir Alex Ferguson stepped down from his position as Manchester United manager at the age of 71, and as he is currently only 67, that give Wenger at least another four years in management, by his reckoning.


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Wenger is out of contract at the end of the season and plans to make a decision on his future in March or April, but his preference is to remain at Arsenal next season.

When quizzed, once again, about his plans, the former Monaco and Nagoya Grampus Eight manager said unlike Ferguson, he has just one love – football.

He said: “Ferguson has some other interests in life and he was older than I am today. He was four years older, he retired at 71 and I’m 67.

“Everybody is different on that front and I do not want to take anything away from Ferguson, he was an absolutely unbelievable manager but he had enough, he had enough, and I’m not at that stage.”

He added: “My preference is always to manage Arsenal and I have shown that. I am adult enough to analyse the situation.”

Wenger, whose side face non-league Sutton United in an FA Cup fifth-round tie on Monday, concluded: “I do not want to talk anymore about my personal situation.

“What is important is the next game. We had a big disappointment, we lost, and we want to win the next game.”


 

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