Wenger insists he is not retiring

Arsene Wenger’s long term future has been subject to much speculation over the past few weeks and if indeed the Frenchman leaves the Emirates Stadium, many feel that he will end up retiring from football management.

However, Wenger has gone on to quash reports that he will retire next summer and insisted that his interest in football has not faded away despite his advancing years.

The 67-year-old said, “I will not retire. Retiring is for young people. For old people retirement is dying. I still watch every football game. I find it interesting.

“Of course I’m as hungry. I carry a bit more pressure on my shoulders than 20 years ago but the hunger is exactly the same. When you see what the club was and what it is today – when I arrived we were seven people [members of staff], we are 700 today.

“I hate defeat. I can understand the fans that are unhappy with every defeat but the only way to have victory is to stick together with the fans and give absolutely everything until the end of the season, that’s all we can do.”

Arsene Wenger may be wanted out of Arsenal by a number of fans but there is no getting away from the fact that the Frenchman remains one of the best managers out there at the moment and a host of clubs would be interested in his services if he were to leave the Gunners at the end of the season.

French giants Paris Saint-Germain have widely been mentioned as the club with the biggest interest in acquiring the services of Wenger and the Daily Star have gone on to claim that the Parisians have already placed a one year contract on the table for the 67-year-old to consider, as they look to replace under fire manager Unai Emery next season.

Arsenal the only London team Sanchez will play for

Alexis Sanchez’s future at Arsenal remains in doubt at the moment due to his contractual situation and in recent reports to worry the Gunners’ faithful, claims had been made that the Chilean international would consider a move to rival club Chelsea if the Blues make an offer next summer.

However, Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has dismissed such speculation by stating that Sanchez is perfectly happy at the Emirates Stadium at the moment and that the Gunners are the only London team he will play for.

Wenger addressed Sanchez’s future saying, "I think he's happy here. It's true we have not extended his contract yet but I hope he will stay at the club.

“I think you have to be cautious when people give interviews in their home countries because the interpretation is not always exactly what they wanted to say.

"But I don't see anything negative (in Sanchez's comments). He said he wants to win the championship, that's what everybody wants and I can understand that completely."

Iwobi wants Wenger stay


Arsene Wenger may not be a popular figure among the club faithful at the moment but many of his players have shown him unconditional support over the past few weeks and attacker Alex Iwobi is one of them.

Iwobi recently urged Arsenal fans to show more respect to Wenger and now the 20-year-old has gone on to express his desire to see his manager remain at the Emirates Stadium beyond the end of the current campaign.

"He's a great man in my opinion. I'd like him to stay. He's always helped me and developed me as player," Iwobi told the BBC's World Football programme.

"I don't think it's fair the way everybody criticises him. It's very unfair considering what he's done. He's always achieved fourth place, been in the Champions League and been up there with the title contenders."

Hector Bellerin has managed to earn a reputation as one of the best young right-backs in the world since establishing himself as a regular for Arsenal a couple of seasons ago and the 22-year-old has managed to catch the attention of Spanish giants Barcelona due to his performances.

Now according to reports from Tuttosport, Italian champions Juventus have also joined Barcelona in the race to sign Bellerin and the Old Lady are said to have sent scouts to monitor closely the young defender during the Spain Under-21’s victory over Italy on Monday.