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Transfer Rater: Nabil Fekir to Arsenal

Football Whispers
 By Mark Rodden

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger not ruling out managing another club

Arsene Wenger says Arsenal might not be his last job in football and has admitted that he cannot bear to think about retirement.

Wenger, 66, has been in charge of the Gunners since 1996, winning three Premier League titles and the FA Cup six times during his reign.

The Frenchman is showing no signs of slowing up, with Arsenal now sitting behind Manchester City on goal difference at the top of the Premier League following Sunday's 1-1 draw with Tottenham in the North London derby.

Having celebrated his birthday on Oct. 22, Wenger, whose contract at Emirates Stadium expires in 2017, was asked by French magazine Sport et Style if he planned to stay in England when his time as a coach eventually comes to an end.

"I haven't decided," he said. What's certain is that my attachment to Arsenal will stay with me until the end of my days.... at the moment I don't see myself having a coaching career elsewhere."

When pressed as to whether he was sure of that, Wenger said he was "almost certain."

"If tomorrow morning Arsenal say goodbye and thanks, I can't swear that I won't seek to continue to work, to live out my passion. But undoubtedly not in England."

For now, though, Wenger says he cannot contemplate retirement.

"I'm a bit like a guy of 34 who is still playing. He plays a bad match and they say to him "hey that's enough, it's time to retire mate."

"I don't even ask myself what I will do after because it's going to be an extremely hard shock. A lot harder than when I went from being a player to a manager."

For guidance on how to handle the process, Wenger cites a notable former sparring partner.

Sir Alex Ferguson retired at the age of 71 in May 2013, having again led Manchester United to the Premier League title at the end of his 26-year reign at Old Trafford.

"For me, at this level, Ferguson is an example," Wenger said. "He always knew how to renew himself, to evolve.

"He didn't remain rigid in success. That's a quality of his I appreciate. He was questioning himself all the time.

"But he had shared passions. He liked horses. Wine. He knows red wine better than me. Recently I met him and I said 'Alex, do you not miss it?' He responded: 'Not at all.'

"I was at the same time disappointed and encouraged. It gives me cause for hope."

Now in his 20th season in charge of Arsenal, Wenger is confident that he will leave the club in good shape whenever he does decide to call it a day.

"Time is the real luxury," he said. "I've always treated Arsenal as if it belonged to me. I have sometimes been criticised for it. Because I am not enough of a big spender. Not carefree enough.

"I credit myself for having had the courage to apply my ideas and to fight for them. Aside from that, I can understand why people might not agree.

"My great pride will be to say to myself that the day that I leave, I'll leave behind a good team, a healthy situation and a club capable of performing in the future."


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