Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger insists that despite one of the toughest spells of his career he is more motivated than ever ahead of facing European champions Barcelona at the Nou Camp.
Sixty-six-year-old Wenger will bring about two decades at the helm of the Gunners in September but is not in a position to start planning any anniversary celebrations.
Arsenal are on a dismal run that has seen them drop from the top of the Premier League at the turn of the year to 11 points adrift of leaders Leicester.
The prospect of becoming the first team in living memory to win three successive FA Cups ended when they were beaten at home by Watford in Sunday’s quarter-final meeting.
Now Arsenal face the daunting task of trying to overturn a 2-0 deficit to reigning European champions Barcelona when they pair clash in the Nou Camp on Wednesday night.
The Catalan giants secured victory at the Emirates Stadium last month and are currently on a 37-game unbeaten run across all competitions.
They are near-unbeatable at home under coach Luis Enrique and if they dish out another defeat to Wenger, it is likely to see the pressure on his tenure ramp up in the coming days.
But the Frenchman has insisted he is more motivated than ever despite enduring one of the darkest spells of his Arsenal tenure.
“Look, I have no doubt about my huge motivation,” said Wenger.
“I just think I built the club in the way I did it with hard work, without any external resources. I think if you compare the club with the moment I arrived and the club where it is today, we have moved forward and without any money from anybody.
“The money has been produced by the quality of the work and I am even more motivated than in the first day I arrived. I feel more the pressure and responsibility to keep this club moving forward.
“The problem when you are a long time somewhere is that you are always questioned about the duration. I personally don’t question. I think I give more time to my club now than when I arrived.
“I just want to think I give my best for this club and I’m absolutely determined to do that. After that, image and what people think, it is something different.
“I have never been a fan of that, I believe honest dedication and total commitment is the most important.”