Arsene Wenger has insisted that winning another trophy before he leaves Arsenal is not an obsession for him. The experienced manager has indicated he wishes to stay on at the Emirates Stadium for as long as he feels he “can give more to the club”.
The Frenchman celebrates 20 years at the helm of the north London club on Saturday but has experienced less success in recent years than he was used to for a long period.
Asked if he was eager to bow out on a high, the 66-year-old replied: “I am not obsessed by that.”
Would [ex-Manchester United manager Sir Alex] Ferguson not have gone out on a high after the history?
“Time makes a difference with what the guy has done. He would still be the same great manager had he not gone out on a high. You don’t lose his experience just in the last year.”
Indeed, rather than go out on a high Wenger hinted he could continue beyond the current campaign – at the end of which his contract expires – if Arsenal enjoy a successful season.
“One of the factors is that the club and supporters still want me and I still want to stay,” Wenger said. “What will make me want to stay is that I feel I can give more to the club.
“People know that if things go well my priority is this club. After I have to accept as well that if things don’t go well, maybe I do something else.
“If I look back, the way I manage today is not the same as it was five, 10 or 20 years ago. I accept that it can finish tomorrow. It’s a love story and you always expect a love story to last forever, but it can always stop suddenly.”
Wenger previously coached Nancy and Monaco in France and had a spell with Nagoya Grampus Eight in Japan.