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Arsene Wenger insists he will remain in the game as long as possible but suggested he could return to France when his current deal with Arsenal expires in 2014.

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Wenger, 61, signed a three-year contract extension last month and he says he is delighted with his working environment at Emirates Stadium.

"I will coach for as long as I am healthy enough," he told L'Equipe. "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."

It is possible that Wenger could return to his homeland, and he suggests Strasbourg, where he spent the final years of his playing career, may be a possible destination.

"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.

"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."

Wenger, who broke his own tradition by playing a strong team in the Carling Cup against Tottenham this week, feels Arsenal have to prove they have come of age this season.

"Of course I want to win trophies. Our hopes for the season are always the same: we are fighting for the Premier League title and want to win the Champions League," he said. "The plan is to continue our improvement with the strength of our team and their youth.

"My players don't have the excuse of inexperience any more. They are eager for titles. I believe they are capable, but they have to show it."

He added: "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 £200 million?

"To me, the main reason 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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