Arsene Wenger doesn’t want to be directly involved in selecting the next manager of Arsenal when his time at the Premier League side finally comes to an end.
The veteran French manager marked his 20th anniversary in charge of the club earlier this month.
Wenger’s contract expires at the end of the current season. And now, there has been speculation he could become the next full-time manager of England.
That’s a role he has said would appeal “if I am free one day”.
But he has also been extremely loyal to Arsenal. He might yet sign another deal with the club.
He could still influence it
“If they ask my opinion, I will give it in an honest way. But it will not be me to choose the next manager. I’m not in their position, I am in my position.
“The love story I have with the club is linked as well with the fact the board has always shown faith in me and I’m very grateful for that.
“No matter what happens, I will have to make my decision.
”The board will have to make a decision and I will respect the decision of the board anyway.
”Even if I wish to stay on I will respect always the decision of the board — they have the responsibility to do that.”
Wenger’s position has been called into question in recent seasons. The reason is not far-fetched.
Arsenal last won the Premier League back in 2004.That was when they were crowned champions without losing a match.
But his own enthusiasm for the job has remained undimmed.
Arsenal head into Saturday’s home game against Swansea looking for a sixth straight win in all competitions.
“I think I’m moving the club forward, and the way it is managed forward, I’m quite confident on that,” he said.
“The only thing that drives me on is that I want tomorrow to be a better manager than today.
”As long as I have that I don’t want to stop my career, even if I don’t think I will manage somewhere else maybe.”