Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has been addressing the media today ahead of his team’s weekend clash with Liverpool.
As seems typical at this time of the season, Wenger has come under fire for his inability to steer Arsenal through to the latter stages of the Champions League and to mount a substantial title challenge.
But he has responded to questions about his future with his normal stubbornness and had this to say when asked about the vacancy at Barcelona this summer, in light of the news that Luis Enrique will step down.
British media outlet, Sky Sports, writes:
Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is currently speaking to the media and has been asked if he’s interested in succeeding Luis Enrique at Barcelona.
“No, my preference (remaining at Arsenal) is always the same, it will remain the same,” he said.
“I’ve been here 20 years and many times had opportunity to leave. I don’t have to convince you my preference has always been Arsenal,” he said.
“But I am objective and lucid enough to make the right decision for myself and the club itself. The club is free to make the decision if it wants and I will respect that.”
The embattled Frenchman has once more come unstuck in the fist knockout round of the Champions League and Arsenal will surely be trying in vain this week to overturn their 5-1 thrashing at the hands of Bayern Munich in the first leg.
Twinned with average form in the Premier League at a crucial stage and TFF has major doubts about whether Wenger will still be in charge this time next season.
The danger now is that Wenger could damage his Arsenal legacy by carrying on in the position. He has overseen a massive project to move Arsenal to one of the best stadiums in the world. He has at once kept the Gunners competitive, if not trophy laden, on the pitch.
But confidence in his ability to continue to progress the club seems to be eroding.