Great news, Arsenal fans: Arsene Wenger has said that he “doesn’t think” he will be managing the club in 20 years’ time.
Wenger became the longest-serving manager in Europe after Portadown FC boss Ronnie McFall resigned as boss of the club after 29 years.
Arsenal appointed Wenger in 1996, but the Frenchman never envisaged he would last two decades at first Highbury, and now the Emirates Stadium.
“I never thought I would. And I don’t think I’ll be here in 20 years’ time.
“You have more opinions than 20 years ago but the only pressure that matters comes from yourself.
“I always have the same pressure. It’s the pressure I apply to myself.
“I feel privileged. On the other hand, I work seven days a week with full commitment.”
Wenger added: “I try to do my best to leave this club one day in the shape that the guy coming after me will have a good potential to work.”
Arsenal are currently third in the Premier League, eight points behind leaders Leicester and only two ahead of Manchester City, who have a game in hand on the Gunners.
Although their title challenge is faltering after a 2-2 draw with bitter rivals Tottenham on Saturday – here are 16 Conclusions on that match – Wenger insists his side will not give up.
“The championship is far from over,” he said. “We have beaten Leicester twice so we have done our job against them. You have to look at the other teams.
“We will not give up in the championship. We will fight until the end.”