The issue of retirement is likely to rear its head for the remainder of Arsene Wenger's tenure at Arsenal. At 66, Wenger is unlikely to be in charge of Arsenal when the decade draws to a close, but that doesn't mean he won't still be around the Emirates.
Wenger's current contract runs until the summer of 2017, a time where many have suggested he might finally step down. However, those suggestions were dismissed by a report in The Sun, which claimed a two-year extension is likely to be signed at the end of the season.
That would take him to within a whisker of his eighth decade on this planet and almost certainly signal the end to a long and glorious reign with the Gunners. But, as he admitted in Friday's press conference, it may not be the end of his work in north London.
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Indeed, the manager plans to keep on working until he can work no more whether that be in a completely different capacity to management or not. Naturally, that indicates a move upstairs is beckoning; he has clearly given such a move some thought.
He doesn't know what role he would like to take up but did mention the prospect of working with the youth academy. He also ruled out a run at the FIFA presidency despite numerous calls for him to put his name forward.
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He told the Evening Standard: “I am completely committed to this club and I don’t imagine managing anywhere else at the moment. Will I stop working once I stop managing on a competitive level? No. I will always try to work if I have hands and try to be useful at some stage and some level. Maybe it will be a different level but I will always work.
“I don’t know [if that would be as a director of football]. I could be managing kids, developing young players, it can be all kinds of roles.
"I will not run for FIFA, you can count on that!”
Asked about the prospect of signing a new deal, he said: “Not at the moment. I am completely focused on doing well and I want to give absolutely everything until the end of the season. Then I want to go through the next season. You know that 18 months for a manager today is an eternity."
Going nowhere soon
What seems clear from Wenger's comments is that he will not be stepping aside for Pep Guardiola at the end of the season. Guardiola has already announced his intention to move to the Premier League with Arsenal reported by some to be his destination of choice.
There had been a suggestion – more in hope than expectation, we suspect – that Wenger would be willing to retire a year early if the Spaniard agreed to a long-term plan with the Gunners.
However, Guardiola has been strongly backed to move to Manchester City and Wenger, as The Sun pays homage to, is helping a revolution in both Arsenal's scouting and physiotherapy departments. Despite his age, Wenger clearly remains motivated.
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