Arsene Wenger says he built Arsenal through hard work alone and is more motivated than ever to “keep the club moving forward”.
Wenger once again finds himself under scrutiny at Emirates Stadium, with Arsenal off the pace at the top of the Premier League and likely to exit the Champions League on Wednesday night having been knocked out of the FA Cup at the weekend.
There have been suggestions Wenger, who has a year remaining on his contract, could consider his future at the club in the summer, but the Frenchman insists he is as committed as ever.
“Look, I have no doubt about my huge motivation,” said Wenger.
“I built the club 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.”