Arsene Wenger: 'My preference is to manage Arsenal'

I do not want to come back on that. "He had enough. And I'm not at that stage".

The three-time Premier League champion acknowledged, however, that he would have to consider whether he felt wanted at the Emirates Stadium at the end of the campaign.

"No matter what happens, I will manage next season, whether it's here or somewhere else", he commented in a press conference ahead of Arsenal's away trip to Sutton United in the fifth-round of the FA Cup. I did not work here for 20 years not to care about this club because I had many opportunities to go somewhere else.

Wenger is facing growing calls from the club's disgruntled supporters not to extend his contract, which expires at the end of the season, following a dismal second-half display in Germany.

Wenger denied in media reports published on Saturday that this was meant as a threat and said that his preference was to remain with his current club.

At that point he suggested he is wise enough to know that this time his preference may not be practical.

And Hoddle thinks the situation needs to be sorted. The collapse in Munich will leave scars. In life it is important to do what you think is right and the rest is judgement.

Arsenal are now in fourth place in the Premier League table as they prepare for their FA Cup fifth-round clash against Sutton United on Monday night. "We can't influence the last result".

There has been wide condemnation for Mesut Özil's performance in Munich to such an extent that the player's agent complained publicly that the player was a scapegoat for the team's ills.

One of the most concerning issues that remains unresolved is Arsenal's lack of mental strength, which was on display again on Wednesday.

"In the last 20 years in Europe only three clubs have managed to play every year in the Champions League".

"If you look at the history of Arsenal, Arsenal had less Champions League games when I arrived than I had in my career already, and since then we have done a few, so I hope in the future we can win this trophy, or Arsenal can win this trophy".

"And in the Premier League we are still trying to finish as high as we can, and we still have to continue fighting for the Championship".

  • Julie Sanders