Arsene Wenger has confirmed that the board of directors at Arsenal will be reviewing his position as manager at the end of the season.
Wenger, 68, signed a two-year contract extension in the summer to extend his 21-year tenure as manager of the Gunners, but confirmed yesterday that talks would take place with the management when this campaign concludes.
“I want to see what the board thinks of my performance,” Wenger explained. “After that we decide where we go from there. My desire has always been to respect my contracts, but that is what I meant.”
The Gunners finished fifth in the Premier League last season, thus failing to qualify for the Champions League and finishing outside the top four for the first time since Wenger joined in 1996.
At the end of a campaign that saw Wenger face fierce protests from fans calling for him to leave, Arsenal finished 18 points behind champions Chelsea, but beat the Blues 2-1 to win the FA Cup.
However, Wenger has told shareholders at the Arsenal annual general meeting that the current side has “something special” and he believes there is “a chance” of success this term.
“My hunger, my commitment is bigger than ever,” he said. “I question myself a lot, don’t worry, I will sit down every year to see where I go. The present for me is about style of play, winning trophies, winning every game.”
“Don’t think I don’t know. It’s essential. No matter what happens one day I will always love this club forever and be an eternal fan.”