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Arsene Wenger admits his future Arsenal departure makes him panic

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Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has admitted the thought of leaving the Gunners is something that scares him.

The French boss, who is the longest serving current manager in the Premier League, has been in charge of the North London club for 19 years and says the thought of no longer managing Arsenal sometimes comes into his mind.

However, he is adamant he his looking forward to the new season as if it was his first and still holds the passion and desire to continue managing at the top level, unlike former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson, who Wenger says was ready to step down following his departure in 2013.

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As seen in the Mirror, Wenger said: “Yes, it crosses sometimes my mind. But for no longer than five seconds - because I panic a little bit,

“When we played at Manchester United last season, Sir Alex Ferguson came to meet me after the game. I said, ‘Come on, you don’t miss it?’ He says to me, ‘No’. he had had enough. He goes to every game when he can. But he has horses. I have no horses.”

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The 66-year-old is currently putting his side through their paces ahead of another battle for Premier League success and the French boss has assured everyone that commitment to the cause is not a problem heading into the new season.

He said: “That is not a problem, honestly. I am more committed than ever for that. I just think the number of times you have done it doesn’t count. It is how much you love what you do that counts and the love of what you do is not necessarily diminished by the number of times you’ve done it.

“Football is new, every day. That’s a big quality. It makes you question. Because with every defeat people say, ‘What is this guy doing? Every three days, you are questioned - you have an exam every three days. You have no way to look back, you have to prepare the next exam and come out of it with success. So it always demands 100 per cent commitment.”

Having gone nine years without a trophy from 2005 to 2014 the pressure was beginning to mount on the Arsenal boss. Even at times this season there have been suggestions from sections of the Arsenal crowd that it was time for him to step down.

However back to back FA Cup success' and a host of high profile signings in recent years such as Petr Cech, Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil have brought an air of optimism back the Emirates.

There are still question marks over certain areas of the team, such as the centre forward position, however there seems to be a genuine feeling in North London that this could be the season their long wait to regain the Premier League finally comes to an end.

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