Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger admits he may quit in four years time and return to France

23 September 2010 08:15
Considering his options: Arsenal's Arsene Wenger

Arsene Wenger has revealed he may quit as Arsenal boss when his contract runs out and would consider coaching a club back home in France if his health allows.

The 61-year-old recently penned a new deal to keep him at Emirates Stadium until 2014.

By then the Frenchman, who has revolutionised the north London club since arriving in September 1996, may well decide to leave the Gunners.

But Wenger, who would not be short of offers from abroad, says he would like to continue his habit of working with emerging talent and admits a return home would perhaps be appealing one day.

Speaking to L'Equipe, Wenger said: 'I will coach for as long as I am healthy enough. I could finish coaching young players, but not necessarily at professional level.

'I am planning to remain with Arsenal until the end of my new contract, but at my age I am forced to consider the short term.

'If I am still here it will not be because of a lack of offers from clubs overseas, but because I really appreciate what I have been given here. I am fortunate to work with complete freedom.

'In France, there is the club who are close to my heart, Strasbourg,' he said. '[Also] here is a club with huge undeveloped potential, PSG [Paris St Germain].

'Am I tempted by Paris' challenge? I don't know. So far, not at all. At the moment, PSG does not have the means which matches the size of the city.'

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Wenger fielded a strong side in Arsenal's 4-1 Carling Cup third-round win at arch-rivals Tottenham and says his players 'don't have the excuse of inexperience any more'.

He also claims Arsenal deserve great credit for staying in the top four of the Premier League despite the best attempts of their cash-rich rivals - namely Manchester City

Wenger said: 'People are always saying that we haven't won anything for five years. This is true, but we have always remained at the highest level, even during difficult periods in the club's life.'

'Arsenal built a new stadium and we have to pay for that, while also building a new team which had reached the end of a cycle.

'What would you say to Manchester City if they did not win any trophies this season after investing £200million?

'To me, the main reason why we have not won anything in five years is the fact we play in the best league in the world against clubs that have unlimited funds.'

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