Arsene Wenger takes sly dig at Manchester United foe Ferguson

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Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger insisted that he would not pick his own successor when his time as manager comes to an end.

Wenger has faced countless questions over his position at Arsenal in recent weeks with a number of fans calling for him to leave when his contract expires in the summer.

One manager mooted as a potential successor to Wenger is Everton manager Roberto Martinez, who Wenger will face up against in a crucial Sunday afternoon fixture.

It was, therefore, natural for journalists to ask Wenger whether he thought Martinez was good enough to carry on his Arsenal legacy, to which he delivered a cryptic response.

Asked whether Martinez was a viable replacement for himself, Wenger said: "It is not my job to pick a successor."

An intelligent man like Wenger would have known the repercussions of this response, such has the interest been regarding David Moyes' appointment at Manchester United.

Sir Alex Ferguson decided to choose his own replacement when retiring from his 26-year stint in charge at Old Trafford.

He decided on his compatriot and good friend Moyes despite his lack of experience at the top level of football.

As Manchester United fans well know, that lack of experience has contributed to what has been a disastrous season for the Premier League champions. Not only will they not retain their title but they will most likely finish outside the top four and miss out on Champions League qualification.

Arsenal officials are believed to be fearing a similar effect if Wenger decides to leave instead of signing a new contract. However, the board - not Wenger - have drawn up a list of alternatives and are believed to be looking to recruit a head coach to work under a technical director in a post-Wenger era.

Wenger himself seems to be under no illusions and may owe Ferguson and thank you for showing him how wrong things can go if he does choose to pick his own replacement. 

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