Arsene Wenger is fed up with questions about his future and snapped after being asked by a journalist, following his pre-match conference on Monday, whether he feared a fan backlash if Arsenal offered him a new contract this summer.
The veteran French coach, 66, is under significant pressure after the Gunners suffered three successive defeats against Barcelona, Manchester United and Swansea City.
Three almost turned into four consecutive losses at the weekend, but Alexis Sanchez’s 76th-minute equaliser rescued a point for Arsenal against fierce rivals Tottenham at White Hart Lane.
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Ahead of Tuesday night’s FA Cup replay against Hull City, Wenger conducted a fairly routine pre-match press conference.
But it was afterwards, when the TV cameras and microphones were turned off, that Wenger “blew his top” according to the Mirror’s report.
Arsene Wenger's rant in full
“Look I have worked here for 19, 20 years and I’m always sitting here having to justify that I’m good enough to do the job,” Wenger, who reportedly struggled to contain his temper, commented.
“I have no problem to cope with everything but I find that a bit boring in the end. I always have to convince you that I am good enough. I worked for 35 years at the top level.
“What I find just boring is always sitting here after 19 years to face questions: ‘Do you think you are good enough?’ If I am not somebody will tell me.
“I am humble enough every day to question myself, to accept my mistakes, and believe me I do that.
“After that as well there is no coincidence that the people who own the club tell me to be here for 19 years. Do you think they are more stupid than you or me?”
Arsenal can still win the title
Arsenal still have a chance to end their long wait for the Premier League trophy, despite falling eight points behind league-leaders Leicester City in recent weeks.
The Gunners face a must-win match against West Brom at the Emirates Stadium on Saturday before a difficult trip to Everton on March 19.
Two weeks later they go head-to-head with Watford in north London - another must-win fixture for the Gunners - before another difficult match against West Ham at Upton Park.
Wenger’s men then finish the campaign with matches against Crystal Palace (H), Sunderland (A), Norwich City (H), Manchester City (A), and Aston Villa (H).
Wenger still has faith of Arsenal board
While an increasing number of Arsenal fans believe it’s time for a change at the top - Wenger has now been in charge of the Gunners for 20 years - it’s understood the Frenchman still has the complete support of the club’s board.
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