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Arsene Wenger: I’m not ready to consider retirement

Admired: Luis Enrique PICTURES: AP/GETTY

ARSENE WENGER insists he will continue to work in football after he leaves Arsenal and then revealed his admiration for Luis Enrique, one of the front-runners to succeed him.

Former vice-chairman David Dein was the man behind Wenger’s shock appointment as Arsenal manager in 1996 and revealed he has received calls from potential suitors ready to offer the 68-year-old Frenchman a new challenge.

Wenger said after Sunday’s 4-1 win over West Ham he is ‘too attached’ to Arsenal to think about going anywhere else.

But he changed that stance when questioned about it yesterday and said: ‘Honestly, I don’t know what I will do.

‘Will I take a little rest? I will continue to work, that’s for sure.

‘My pride has always been to give my best to where I’m employed until the last day of my contract. At the moment I’m just focused on that.’

Wenger said he would not have a say in the next Arsenal boss but did admit he respected Enrique.

Asked what he thought about the former Barcelona manager’s coaching style, Wenger added: ‘I have a high opinion of him.’

Wenger is now focused on tonight’s Europa League semi-final, first leg, at home to Atletico Madrid but questioned whether a ‘perfect goodbye’ exists in football. Instead he would prefer Europa League success for his players rather than his own personal glory.

‘Is there a perfect goodbye? I don’t know. I just want to do as well as I can,’ Wenger said.

‘At the moment I do not look after myself, I just want to do well as I can because this team has quality.

‘I’ve seen them this season be challenged mentally. I have always seen them respond in a positive way and this group deserves something special.’

Wenger will go into his final European home game as Arsenal boss boosted by having Mesut Ozil, Jack Wilshere and Petr Cech available.


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