Wenger will manage till 2021

There has been a lot of pressure from the fans on Arsene Wenger to leave his current post as manager of Arsenal following another disappointing campaign for the Gunners and it is believed that the veteran boss retiring at the end of the season is a big possibility.

Amid the speculation, Wenger recently spoke about his future and surprisingly stated that although he may not stay at Arsenal, he will not retire from management anytime soon.

The 67-year-old explained that he wants to stay in management for the next four years and added that he prefers to stay at Arsenal until his eventual retirement.

He was quoted saying by the Daily Mirror, “My preference is always to manage Arsenal and I have shown that. But I think I am adult enough to analyse the situation.(Alex) 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.

“Maybe I will do four seasons more, maybe less, I don’t know. Everybody is different. I do not want to take anything away from Ferguson, he was an ­absolutely unbelievable manager. But he had had enough. I’m not at that stage.”

Arsenal’s hopes of earning a berth into the quarter finals of the Champions League is all but over after the Gunners’ succumbed to an embarrassing 5-1 defeat at the hands of Bayern Munich in the 1st leg of the Champions League Round of 16 encounter at the Allianz Arena on Wednesday.

The Gunners did play well in the first half and had managed to score the all important away goal through Alexis Sanchez after falling behind early to an Arjen Robben screamer.

However, Arsenal simply capitulated during the second period and quick fire strikes from the likes Robert Lewandowski and Thiago Alcantara as well as a late goal from Thomas Muller meant that Arsene Wenger’s men ended the game at the wrong side of a 5-1 hammering.

There was understandably a lot of reaction to Arsenal’s terrible performance on the night and manager Arsene Wenger bemoaned the fact that his side could not maintain their concentration in defence following the departure of Laurent Koscielny from the pitch through injury.

Keown says Wenger’s future has already been decided

Arsenal’s hopes of winning the Premier League title this season have evaporated quite swiftly over the past few weeks and following another season of failure, there have been widespread calls from the fans for manager Arsene Wenger to step down.

Currently, the contractual situation surrounding Wenger’s deal beyond the end of the campaign is very murky but ex-Gunners’ defender Martin Keown has gone on to state his belief that the decision on the 67-year-old staying put at the Emirates Stadium has already been made.

“I don’t believe for a minute that the board and the directors don’t know what direction Arsene Wenger is going – this is a multimillion pound business – we can’t be waiting for one person,” Keown told talkSPORT’s Hawksbee and Jacobs show.

“I’m sure it’s when do they announce he’s staying – how do we present that to the Arsenal fans – and when is the right time to make the announcement.

“It’s been 13 years without a Premier League title. And if you’re a Manchester United fan and you go 13 years without winning a Premier League title; I think you’d be looking for change.

“So there’s a competitive part of me that thinks: I’m not accepting this, we need to win. But Arsene Wenger is one of life’s visionaries – he’s a very special individual – and I think Arsenal don’t really want to let go of that.”

Wright reveals that Wenger is set to leave at the end of the season

Following another disappointing Premier League title bid by Arsenal, manager Arsene Wenger has seen himself come under intense scrutiny from the media as well as the fans and many are now calling for the veteran Frenchman to stand down at the end of the season.

On the other hand, the Arsenal board wants Wenger to stay put but it looks like the 67-year-old will be bringing the curtain down on his two decade long stay at the Emirates Stadium, if Gunners legend Ian Wright is to be believed.

After meeting with Wenger recently, Wright stated that his ex-boss looked very tired and is of the belief that he will leave the Emirates Stadium once the current campaign is up.

Wright told BBC Radio 5 live, “I was with the boss and if I’m being totally honest. I was with him for a few hours, I genuinely believe but I get the impression looking at him… that’s it.

“He actually mentioned in talking last night that he’s coming to the end. I’ve never heard him say that. He’s a wonderful man. He looks tired.

“But he looks winded, like someone who has whacked him in the stomach. I know someone will ask me: ‘do you think he will go at the end of the season?’ I think he will.”

Arsenal fearful of losing Arsene Wenger at the end of the season

Arsenal’s hopes of winning the Premier League title evaporated last weekend after they suffered a very disappointing 3-1 defeat at the hands of Chelsea and following the result, many disgruntled fans have called for manager Arsene Wenger to step down.

Despite the protest from the fans though, the Arsenal board have made it clear that they want to keep hold of Wenger beyond the end of the current campaign and have reportedly offered him a new two year deal.

In an update to the situation, the Daily Telegraph have now reported that Wenger will only make his decision once the campaign concludes and there is a strong possibility that the Frenchman will walk away if Arsenal finish outside the top four this term.