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Arsenal's Arsene Wenger to take '4-5 weeks' off before making decision on future

Arsene Wenger's final trip to Old Trafford ended on a sour note for Arsenal, as Marouane Fellaini scored a stoppage-time winner for Man United.

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger will take at least a month off after the season to reflect on his future before making a decision about his next job.

Wenger is stepping down after 22 seasons as Arsenal manager but has said he has no intention to retire and will stay in football in some capacity.

However, he told Sky Sports he will not make any decision until this summer.

"I have decided to take a little distance for four or five weeks before I make a decision," Wenger said.

"I need to move away a little bit to take perspective on my situation and analyse it in the most objective way possible, even if it is not easy.

"I will then decide where I go from there."

Arsene Wenger takes charge of Arsenal for the final time at the Emirates.
Arsene Wenger is planning a short break from football after leaving Arsenal.

Wenger was speaking ahead of his final trip to Old Trafford on Sunday, which ended in a 2-1 loss to Manchester United.

Arsenal are headed for their worst Premier League finish under Wenger as they are languishing in sixth place with three matches remaining, but still have a chance to win the Europa League if they overcome Atletico Madrid in the semifinals on Thursday.

With the end of his reign in sight, Wenger admitted it will take some time getting used to life away from the club.

"It is strange for me because for 22 years I have had 1,200 games or something like that for Arsenal Football Club," he said.

"It's not 50, it's 1,200 and every time you prepare the team you are tense. It's a complete part of your life, it's more than part of your life, it is your life. Arsenal was my life and so of course it is special."

Mattias is ESPN FC's Arsenal correspondent. Follow him on Twitter: @MattiasKaren.

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