Arsene Wenger has seen his job come under scrutiny after a string of disappointing results has left Arsenal’s title hopes hanging by a thread.
The Gunners are without a win in five matches and several fans have voiced their desire to see the Frenchman leave if Arsenal fail to win the Premier League.
But Wenger is unperturbed by his doubters’ concerns and admitted he will do everything he can to leave the north London club in the best shape possible for his eventual successor.
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The 66-year-old said, per the Daily Mail: “I believe that opinions are opinions. I do my job, some day someone will replace me and someone will replace you. That’s part of life.
“I always try to do my best so when I leave the club the guy coming in after me will have a good potential to work.”
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Wenger is under mounting pressure to end Arsenal’s 12-year wait for a title this season but admitted the only pressure he feels comes from his desire to succeed.
He continued: “I have always the same pressure, the pressure I apply to myself. There are more people talking, more opinions. The real pressure is your desire to win the next game, the only one that matters really.”
An all-time great
The Frenchman is approaching 20 years at the club, winning three Premier League titles and six FA Cups in that time.
He will go down as one of the greatest managers in the league’s history but added that his commitment will never wane while he’s in charge of Arsenal.
“I feel privileged to have the confidence of the club for such a long time but on the other hand I work seven days a week with full commitment,” Wenger said.
“I have shown full commitment and that’s all you can do. It is a privilege to work for the club for a long time.”
Great opportunity to end 12-year wait
With Chelsea and Manchester United off the pace this season, and Manchester City failing to play with any consistency, Arsenal have been handed a great opportunity to end their title drought.
Yet they haven’t been able to capitalise on it, and two wins from their last nine league games has left them eight points adrift of leaders Leicester.
Arsenal are in need of a major collapse from the Foxes but Wenger is confident his team will not give up the fight.
“You don’t think like that,” he replied when asked whether the FA Cup is Arsenal’s most realistic chance of silverware.
“The Premier League is far from being over. Just to remind you, we have beaten Leicester twice so we have done our job against them.
“People have to look at other teams more, not just us on that front. We will not give up the Premier League, we will fight until the end.”