Arsene Wenger says he’s never thought about walking away from Arsenal despite the club’s lengthy trophy drought and the increased pressure heaped on him following recent poor results.
Speaking at the end of a week which has seen his side dumped out of the FA Cup by Blackburn Rovers and given a Champions League grilling by Bayern Munich, the boss made clear that with a contract until the end of 2014 his commitment remains steadfast.
“Never. Not one second,” he told press ahead of Saturday’s match with Aston Villa. “The love for the game and the love to win [motivates me],”
“I don’t think that [motivation] spark has anything to do with the length of your life. It is just that’s how you are and you’re motivated by how much you want to win and how much you are a winner.
“If I go out now and play one against one with you, you will see I will beat you and at least if I don’t manage to beat you, I will want to beat you. That will not change as long as I can move.”
Cutting a less tense figure than last week, Wenger continued, “I have a contract until the end of 2014 and at the moment we are on a short-term plan.
“This is for two reasons, because I am here for a long time and as well I have to consider what I want to do. That will be decided in 2014, not before.”
Rallying against some of the hyperbolic copy filed by Fleet Street’s finest Wenger also reiterated how he feels responsible for getting the club back on track.
“We live in a world of emotion, of excess, and it is down to people who have responsibilities to put that into perspective and keep solid and keep guiding the club in the right way.
“My responsibility is to keep the guidelines and guide the team and the club in what I feel is the right way. What is important for me is to focus on the next game and try to give my best, like all the players.”6,486 views