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.”
Manchester United readying £30 million bid for Oxlade-Chamberlain
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has been one of the few bright sparks in an otherwise disappointing campaign for Arsenal so far but despite the impressive performances, the 23-year-old’s long term future at the Emirates Stadium is in doubt as he has not yet been awarded an extension to his current contract which is set to expire in 2018.
While Arsenal intend to keep hold of Oxlade-Chamberlain, a number of clubs have been monitoring the attacker’s contractual situation and if reports from the Daily Mirror are to be believed, Manchester United are planning a whopping £30 million swoop for the Arsenal man as manager Jose Mourinho is allegedly a keen admirer.
Wenger says Bayern loss will not affect his team selection against Sutton
Following a 5-1 hammering against Bayern Munich in the Champions League, Arsenal simply cannot afford to lose their FA Cup 5th Round encounter against non-league side Sutton United on Monday night.
With the stakes being raised significantly, it is believed that manager Arsene Wenger could go with a very strong team on the night but the Frenchman has insisted that the loss against Bayern will not have any bearing on his team selection for the FA Cup clash against the minnows.
He said, “I always had in my head that it was a very important game. In my head I have had a team that will start and play there, for a week or 10 days now. That result we had at Bayern Munich will not influence that selection.
“The FA Cup is one of our targets. It’s the next game and for us to bounce back after the game we just had, it becomes a very important game. But it always was, in my head.”