Arsene Wenger comments on Arsenal future

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The under-fire Frenchman reacts to rumours over his future.

Under-fire Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has responded to speculation (Daily Star) suggesting that he could be asked to leave the Gunners this summer, as quoted by the BBC.

The Frenchman's future is reportedly hanging in the balance following an up-and-down season for the North Londoners, in which they are likely to miss out on Premier League glory for a 12th straight year.

With Leicester City leading the way in the table, this was undoubtedly Arsenal's best chance to win a first title since 2004, but an eight-point gap from the Foxes means that Wenger's side might have given themselves too much of a job to do.

Frustrations reached boiling point last Wednesday following a 2-1 home defeat by relegation-threatened Swansea City, although a 2-2 draw at second-placed Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday has lifted the mood somewhat, given that the Gunners had 10 men.

Nevertheless the Frenchman, who could celebrate 20 years at the helm in September, acknowledges that he will be leaving one day, but has vowed to leave the club in the "best shape" possible.

"I believe that opinions are opinions," he told a news conference, as quoted by BBC. "I do my job and one day someone will replace me and will replace you.

"I try to do my best and leave this club in the best shape so the guy coming after me will have good potential to work with."

Wenger is the longest serving manager in any of Europe's top five leagues, spending a total of 7098 days as Arsenal boss thus far.

They are back in action on Tuesday when they visit Hull City in a fifth round FA Cup replay.

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