Wenger Expects To Remain In A Job
Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger insists he will still be in management next season whether with the Gunners or somewhere else.
Speculation suggested this morning that the Frenchman was set to stand down as Arsenal manager at the end of the season. That followed a 5-1 Champions League defeat to Bayern Munich on Wednesday.
But speaking at a press conference on Friday ahead of Monday night’s FA Cup tie at Sutton United, Wenger insisted he would still be in a job next season.
“No matter what happens I will manage for another season. Whether it’s here or somewhere else, that is for sure,” Wenger said. He was asked by a German TV reporter on Wednesday when he would make a decision on his future.
“If I said March or April it is because I didn’t know. I do not want to come back on that,” said today in reference to that comment.
Many Arsenal fans want Wenger to step aside. The club look set to end their Champions League campaign at the last 16 stage for a seventh successive year and it is 13 years since they last won the Premier League title.
“I am used to the criticism,” he said. “I think in life it’s important to do what you think is right and all the rest is judgement. I am in a public job and I have to accept that, but I have to behave with my values.”
Sanchez Had Court Appointment
Wenger also gave some news on why Alexis Sanchez was given leave of absence. The Chile international was reported to have flown to Italy on a club-sanctioned short break. However, Wenger said that he had, in fact, flown to Spain.
“He has a court case in Barcelona and he will be back in training tomorrow,” said the Arsenal boss.
Sanchez is the latest high-profile current or former Barcelona player to be accused of using offshore firms to avoid paying income tax. As Football Gossip reported in November Sanchez is accused of shifting some of his image rights to a company in Malta. The Spanish revenue department claims he avoided €983,443 in income tax in the years 2012 and 2013 – the equivalent today of £842,101.