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Arsene Wenger not thinking of retirement

Arsene Wenger

Arsene Wenger has insisted he will not retire from management at the end of the season, but he stopped short of confirming whether he will remain with Arsenal.

The Frenchman has been in charge of the Gunners for over 20 years, but with his contract at the Emirates Stadium set to expire in the summer, speculation over his future has increased.

Wednesday’s 5-1 defeat to Bayern Munich in the first-leg of their Champions League last-16 tie has added fuel to the fire over his future, with a number of fans and ex-players believing it is time for the 67-year-old to depart.

Wenger refused to be drawn too much on his future at his press conference ahead of Monday’s FA Cup fifth round tie at Sutton United, although he did confirm that he wants to remain in management beyond the end of the season, whether that is at Arsenal or elsewhere.

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“At the moment we have other priorities and my future is not important, it’s Arsenal Football Club, the future of our team and what we can achieve until the end of the season that is important,” Wenger said.

“No matter what happens I will manage next season – here or somewhere else. That’s absolutely for sure.”

Wenger admits the defeat to Bayern was a difficult one to take, but he insists he has the strength to bounce back, starting with Monday’s trip to Gander Green Lane to take on non-league Sutton.

He added: “I hate to lose games and I want to do well for this club. You don’t stay somewhere for 20 years, walk out of a defeat like that and whistle. It’s difficult to take but I have the strength to respond.”

Arsenal are priced at 1.17 to secure a victory against their non-league opponents, who are available at 17.00, while the draw is on offer at 7.50.