Arsene Wenger is expected to be a managerial target for both Barcelona and PSG at the end of the season after admitting he is ready to continue in the game.
The 67-year-old has been in charge of the Gunners for more than 20 years but has seen his position come under increased scrutiny following the 5-1 thrashing at the hands of Bayern Munich on Wednesday night.
He has found an unlikely supporter in former Manchester United captain Gary Neville but a growing number of Arsenal fans are calling for him to leave when his current deal expires at the end of the season.
Wenger said he will make a final decision over his future in March or April but added that if he departed the Emirates Stadium he would be looking for employment elsewhere.
However, despite his time at Arsenal seemingly coming to an end, he’s still likely to find himself a man in demand, with the likes of Barcelona – with Luis Enrqiue under pressure – and PSG – who have some doubts over Unai Emery – both likely to be keen.
A number of Saturday’s back pages are full of claims about Wenger’s next destination.
Wenger himself is giving nothing away on his next destination, but having snubbed a number of top jobs during his time in charge of Arsenal, he has replied, when asked if he ever feels like he has had enough of management: “No. No matter what happens, I will manage next season, whether it’s here or somewhere else. That’s absolutely for sure.
“On a night like that (against Bayern), of course I hate defeat and I hate to lose games. I want to do extremely well for this club and I feel a big responsibility.
“You do not stay somewhere for 20 years to then walk out after a defeat like that. I think what is important is that the club makes the right decision for the future.
“I do not work here for 20 years not to care about this club, because I had many opportunities to go somewhere else during that period and I care about this club and I care about its future.”
— Neil Henderson (@hendopolis) February 17, 2017
While some of his former players have suggested Wenger should leave, ex-England defender Neville has stood up for the Frenchman
Wenger was already polarising the opinions of Arsenal supporters after hopes of a first Premier League title since 2004 fell by the wayside following two defeats in their last three domestic fixtures.
It was a 3-1 loss to league leaders Chelsea at Stamford Bridge which led to a supporter holding up a banner that read: “Enough is enough, time to go”.
Neville was working as a co-commentator for Sky Sports and the former Manchester United captain called fan Kane Hopps an “idiot” for taking the sign to the game.
It led to a row with supporters forum ArsenalFanTV, with Neville agreeing to appear on their YouTube channel as a result.
And during the interview he continued to defend Wenger.
What should Arsenal do with Arsene Wenger?
“It’s a unique one with Arsene Wenger, what he has achieved at the club, the greatest ever manager for Arsenal,” Neville told ArsenalFanTV.
“His performance levels consistently for 20 years have been unbelievable. And you’d have to say, I do go along the line of, ‘Be careful what you wish for’.
“To continue to finish second, third, fourth over that period while still spending that much is an unbelievable achievement.”