Arsene Wenger insists he is not worried about his Arsenal future and is instead focused on enjoying a strong end to the season.
There has been fresh speculation regarding Wenger’s future at the Emirates Stadium following Sunday’s 3-0 defeat to Manchester City in the Carabao Cup final.
The Frenchman signed a two-year contract extension last summer, but the cup final defeat, coupled with their failure to seemingly challenge for a top-four finish in the Premier League, has led to some suggestions his 22-year tenure as manager could be set to end.
Wenger has been keen to dismiss talk about his future and insists his sole focus remains on helping the Gunners enjoy a strong end to the season, starting with Thursday’s league clash against familiar foes Man City at the Emirates.
Speaking at his pre-match press conference, Wenger said: “Honestly, my position is the last worry I have, my focus is to get the team ready for the game.
“People who comment, their job is to comment. What is important is how we respond – analyse well and respond together in a united way.”
The likes of Carlo Ancelotti, Joachim Low and Thomas Tuchel have been linked with succeeding Wenger as Arsenal manager over recent weeks.
A lot could depend on how Arsenal finish the season, as they currently sit sixth in the Premier League standings, a full 10 points off the top-four, although they will face more favourable league fixtures against Brighton and Watford immediately after the City clash.
The Gunners are also still going strong in the Europa League, but have been handed a tricky draw in the last 16, taking on an in-form AC Milan side – with both legs due to take place in March.
It means next month could prove to be a pivotal one in not only Arsenal’s future, but also the long-term future of one of the most decorated managers the Premier League has ever seen.