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Published: 14:15 | 8/8/16

Wenger 'scared' of retirement


Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger admits he is "scared" by the prospect of retirement.

The 66-year-old is approaching his 20th anniversary as Gunners' boss, having been appointed as successor to Bruce Rioch in September 1996.

The Frenchman, who has won three league titles and six FA Cups during his time at the North London club, says he will struggle to cope with life outside football when he eventually calls time on his 32-year managerial career.

"It’s been my life and, honestly, I’m quite scared of the day," Wenger told Alan Curbishley in the former Charlton manager's book Game Changers.

"The longer I wait, the more difficult it will be and the more difficult it will be to lose the addiction."

Wenger says he has spoken to former Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson, who went back on his original decision to retire in 2002 and finally relinquished his position in 2013 after 26 years in the Old Trafford hot-seat.

"After Alex retired and we played them over there [at Manchester United] he sent a message to me to come up and have a drink with him," Wenger continued.

"I asked: ‘Do you miss it?’ He said: ‘Not at all.’ I didn’t understand that. It’s an emptiness in your life, especially when you’ve lived your whole life waiting for the next game and trying to win it.”

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