Arsene Wenger lashes out at 'boring' questions about his Arsenal future
Arsene Wenger is fed up with the relentless questions about his ability to still win titles with Arsenal.
The long-time Gunners boss, who has been under increasing pressure from fans and pundits over the past week, finally lost his cool ahead of Tuesday's FA Cup game against Hull when faced with more queries from newspaper reporters about his future.
"What I find just boring is always sitting here, after 19 years, [being asked] 'Do you think you're good enough?' If not, somebody will tell me, but it's not you," Wenger said.
The Frenchman was responding to a question about whether the fans' level of support during the remaining part of the season would influence his own thinking about whether to stay in the job. That came after a news conference where he was asked whether he felt the pressure on himself was greater now than at any time during his 20-year reign at the club.
"I have worked here for 20 years, and I'm always sitting here having to justify that I'm good enough to do the job," Wenger said. "Honestly, I have no problem to cope with everything, but I find that a bit boring in the end.
"I always have to convince you that I'm good enough. I've worked 35 years at the top level."
Arsenal have seen their Premier League title chances diminish significantly after getting just one point in their last three games to sit eight points behind leaders Leicester. In a season where all the other traditional top clubs have struggled, this had long been seen as Arsenal's best chance in years to end a Premier League title drought dating back to 2004.
But while fans are growing increasingly restless and even some former Arsenal players are publicly criticising the team, Wenger said he continues to shut out the noise and stays focused on his job.
"I'm not on Twitter, I don't invite anybody to go out for dinner with them. I work and work and work and work," he said. "If it's not good enough, somebody will tell me one day, that's all I can do.
"I do not worry what you say about me, or what fans say about me. I try do to do my job in the proper way, and with full commitment. After that everybody has a right to have his opinion. You do not make the decision [about] do I continue my job or not."
Wenger has one year left on his current contract and is expected to see that out. But if Arsenal fail to beat Championship side Hull on Tuesday, calls for his resignation are only likely to increase.
"I cannot influence the behaviour of our fans, how can I do that?" Wenger said. "The question I got [during the news conference] was, 'After 19 years, do you think you're good enough?' I don't know. I'm humble enough every day to question myself and to accept my mistakes when I make them. And believe me, I do that.
"After that, I believe as well it's no coincidence that the people who own the club tell me [to stay] for 19 years. They think they're not more stupid than you and me."