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Wenger says he will manage next season, but maybe not at Arsenal

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Arsene Wenger
Arsene Wenger

Arsene Wenger has added fuel the fire over his future by saying at his press conference today that he will be a manager next season, but that it may not be at Arsenal.

Wenger confirmed that he will not retire from management at the end of the season irrespective of whether he stays at Arsenal.

He said: "No matter what happens I will manage next season whether it is here or somewhere else, that is absolutely for sure."

The Frenchman also confirmed that he would decide his future at the club in 'March or April'.

Wenger has been Arsenal boss for over 20 years but fan anger at his tenure, which has simmered for years, appears to have reached a tipping point following the 5-1 mauling at the hands of bayern Munuch in the Champions league this week.

Wenger, who is out of contract at the end of the season, reportedly has a new two-year deal waiting for his signature but these latest comments suggest for the first time that he is contemplating continuing his career away from north London.

Wenger, asked if he was offended by speculation about his future, continued: "No, because I'm used to it. I have a big job and I accept that..and I accept everyone can have an opinion on me."

The 67-year-old denied reports of a bust-up in the dressing room on Wednesday, adding: "There was no incident in the dressing room, apart from a huge sadness and disappointment.

"But we played against a good Bayern team and sometimes you have to give credit to the opponent as well."

The Gunners play National League side Sutton in the FA Cup fifth round on Monday - and Wenger said the Bayern result will not affect his team selection.

He said: "It will be a normal team. Laurent Koscielny has a scan today. Alexis Sanchez has a court case in Barcelona and I believe he'll be back in training tomorrow.

"Everyone focuses on the next game, to take care of the consequences a disappointing result can have on everybody's spirit and to make sure we bounce back and focus on the next game.

"We have to deal with the media and our job is to and analyse with clarity what happened (against Bayern). We can't influence the last result."