Arsene Wenger says he finds questions from the media about his future at Arsenal ‘boring’, and that he remains fully dedicated to his work at the club.
It was put to the Frenchman at his press conference on Monday that ex-players like Dennis Bergkamp, Thierry Henry or Patrick Vieira could be candidates to replace him, as criticism over recent results and performances have intensified.
His response was to say his focus remains on his work, and that the opinions of journalists or fans don’t influence him in any way.
“I have worked here for 19 years and I’m always sitting here having to justify that I’m good enough to do the job,” he said.
“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 am not on Twitter. I don’t invite anybody to go out to dinner and be nice with them. I work and work and work and work. If it’s not good enough, someone will tell me one day. That’s all I can do. I do not worry what you [journalists] say about me or what fans say about me.
“I try to do my job in a proper way and with full commitment. After that everybody has the right to have an opinion.”
He continued, “I am humble enough every day to question myself, to accept my mistakes and, believe me, I do that. I feel privileged to have the confidence of the club for such a long time. I work seven days a week with full commitment. That’s all I can do.”
It’s clearly never been an issue of how much work he does. Every Arsenal fans knows he’s a workaholic, the questions arise from whether the quality of that work has been sufficient to win the biggest prizes.
Arsenal face Hull tomorrow night, hoping to advance in the FA Cup, a competition that Wenger still believes to be ‘fantastic’. The Gunners are looking to win it for an unprecendented third successive time.
“I believe that, if we were able to do it again, it would be absolutely fantastic. There’s no country where the national cup is bigger.
“I personally rate highly the FA Cup. I think it’s a fantastic, prestigious competition.”