Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has revealed he is still undecided about his future at the club.
Arsene Wenger talked to BBC Radio 5 live ahead of the season opener against Liverpool and cast doubts over his future at the club by saying that he is still “unsure” and is yet to make a decision. The French manager reflected that the season was an important one for both the club and his managerial career as his decision will largely hinge upon how the club does this season.
“My contract runs until the end of the season. What I will do after will depend a little bit on how the season goes,” Wenger told BBC Radio 5 Live.
The 66-year-old was appointed as the Gunners manager in September, 1996, a move that went down in history as one of the best ever. Arsenal became an almost unstoppable force under Wenger; the French manager has been at the helm for almost 20 years now and contributed to the club’s success by guiding them to three Premier League titles, including an unbeaten season – a feat yet to be matched by any other club in the league.
While the Premier League titles dried up after the 2003-04 season, Arsenal also managed to win six iterations each of the FA Cup and the Community Shield. The Frenchman, though, has been criticised in recent times by a fair portion of the Arsenal faithfuls over the lack of eye-catching transfers and failure to deliver the Premier League title.
Arsene has had an illustrious career and was felicitated as an Officer of the Order of the British Empire in 2003 along with being included in the English Football Hall of Fame in 2006. Wenger was also linked with the England national team job before Sam Allardyce was announced as the Three Lions boss on a two-year contract and the 66-year-old cleared the air surrounding the speculation stating that his decision will not be affected in any way by his interest to coach England.
He said,“I was not available and Sam Allardyce has signed for two years, so the question is not of any actuality at the moment.”
The Frenchman has less than 12 months left on his current contract which is due to expire in June 2017 and he might not even renew the contract if his club fails to win the Premier League or at least, be in the reckoning for the trophy. Arsene Wenger is a name that has almost become synonymous with the club Arsenal, but if his squad fails to achieve the goals set by the 66-year-old, we may be bidding adieu to arguably one of the greatest managers of his generation in the Premier League.