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Published: 10:54 | 17/2/17

Wenger decision in March or April


Arsene Wenger will make a decision on his Arsenal future in March or April but he has no plans to retire from management.

Wenger's current contract is due to expire at the end of the season and he is understood to have been offered a new two-year deal by the club's board. 

He is under increasing pressure to announce whether or not he intends to stay at the Emirates with Wednesday's humiliating 5-1 defeat at the hands of Bayern Munich only adding to the speculation. 

The 67-year-old told a press conference on Friday that he would make a decision on his future in March or April, but he made it clear that he intends to stay in management even if he is no longer at Arsenal. 

“No matter what happens, I will manage next season whether that is here or somewhere else," he said.

"It is important for the club to make the right decision for the future. I have not worked here for 20 years not to care.

"I had many opportunities to go somewhere else but I care for this club and its future. It is important to be in safe hands."

When asked if he was offended by the increasing speculation about his future, the Frenchman added: I am used to it. I've been here for 20 years. In life, it is important to do what is right. I am in a public job and I must accept that. Everybody can have an opinion.

"If I said March, April, it is because I didn’t know. I do not want to comment [on my future]. My future is not important, the team is and Arsenal Football Club.

"We have to focus on real problems, the way we play football and not my future. It is always important not to look for wrong excuses in life.

"Even if I go, Arsenal will not win every single game in the future. It is not like before I arrived Arsenal had won five times in the European Cup. I think what is important is that the club makes the right decision for the future."

It was reported that there was a bust-up in the dressing room after the defeat to Bayern, but Wenger insists that was not the case.

"No, not at all, there was no incident in the dressing room apart from huge disappointment," he said. 

"The main emotion is that everybody is disappointed and we need to focus on the next game. We need to take care with the consequences a disappointing result can have on everyone's spirit and we need to bounce back.

"I know the media likes these kind of press conference and what is important for us is to focus on the next game while everyone else can analyse what went wrong.

"We can't influence last game, can only influence it the next time we play Bayern at home.

"Defeat did not extend into a row in the dressing room. Everyone was deeply disappointed but there was no issue in the dressing room."

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