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Wenger: I will manage next season, Arsenal or not

The Funeral Of Former England Football Manager Graham Taylor

WATFORD, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 01: Arsene Wenger attends the funeral of former England football manager Graham Taylor at St Mary’s Church on February 1, 2017 in Watford, England. Graham Taylor died on January 12, 2017 from a suspected heart attack. Graham Taylor was the England Football Team Manager from 1990 to 1993 having previously played for Scunthorpe United, Grimsby Town andÊ Lincoln City.Ê Later Watford owner, Elton John, hired him to manage the club and he brought them from the 4th Division to the First Division. He died on the 12th January 2017 of a suspected heart attack and leaves a wife and two daughters. (Photo by Eamonn M. McCormack/Getty Images)

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If Arsene Wenger isn’t leading Arsenal next season, he’ll be managing another club.

So says the 67-year-old, who is dealing with revitalized speculation on his future after Arsenal’s 5-1 drubbing at the hands of Bayern Munich in the UEFA Champions League on Wednesday.

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“No matter what happens I will manage next season whether it is here or somewhere else, that is absolutely for sure”

Wenger also denied reports of a post-match dressing room fight, and said the talk regarding his future is more for the media than him. He’ll do what’s right for Arsenal’s future.

From the BBC:

“We have to focus on the real problems and they are the way we play football, not my future. It is always important not to look for wrong excuses in life.

“Even if I go, Arsenal will not win every single game in the future. It is not like before I arrived Arsenal had won five times in the European Cup. I think what is important is that the club makes the right decision for the future. I care about this club and its future and it is very important the club is in safe hands.”

At some point, though, there’s a question as to whether his future is too much of a distraction for the players. That’s not to say he needs to quit, just that he needs to resolve his future so the players can go about their business.

And before speculating that, “Maybe he told them already”, it’s crazy to think that information wouldn’t have leaked to the public (though that add a different kind of drama with “Arsene’s last UCL hurrah?” and “Win for Arsene” talk).

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