Arsene Wenger will finish career at Arsenal, says Pires

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Robert Pires believes that Arsene Wenger will stay at the Emirates stadium for the rest of his career.

The 64-year-old has spent 17 years at the helm of Arsenal but his current contract runs out at the end of the season.

Pires, who shared many of Wenger's most successful years at Arsenal, believes his compatriot will remain at the helm not just beyond this season but for the rest of his career.

In that respect, he believes Wenger will follow in the footsteps of Sir Alex Ferguson, who stayed with Manchester United for 27 years before retiring as manager of the club.

Speaking to French publication 20 Minutes, he said: I always feel inspired by his Arsenal career.

"He built the club and instilled a unique philosophy. I can't see him jumping ship now that his work is starting to pay off.

"I think he will have the same fate that Ferguson had with Manchester United and he will end his career at Arsenal.

"He has a very influential role as manager of Arsenal and it will be hard to find [the same role] elsewhere."

Big-spenders Paris Saint-Germain have been linked with a move for the manager as they look to bring Wenger back to his homeland for the first time since managing Monaco in the 1980s and 90s.

Wenger, true to character, has remained cryptic when asked about contract negotiations but hinted that he may leave if he doesn't meets the expectation of the Gunners' faithful.

He said to reports in October: "I will make a decision halfway through the season.

"Deep down, I have an idea what I want to do, but give me a bit of time.

"What interests me above all is to always meet the expectations of our fans."

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