Arsene Wenger launched the most angry and impassioned defence of his 16 year reign at Arsenal on Monday, but also cast doubt on his long term future by refusing to say whether he would stay at the club beyond next season.
Visibly furious, both at reports that he is poised to extend his contract and at recent criticism of his team, Wenger pointed to his past successes, his loyalty in turning down job offers from many of the biggest clubs in the world and Arsenal achievement in again reaching the last 16 of the Champions League.
After a series of terse and often bizarre exchanges with the media, he also ended the press conference for tonight first leg tie against Bayern Munich by telling his critics that they would be sorry when he was gone.
Saturday shock FA Cup defeat by Blackburn means that the Champions League is Arsenal last chance of averting an eighth straight season without silverware and Wenger yesterday made the bold and arguably fanciful claim that this team could emulate Chelsea triumph of last season,
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Asked how Arsenal could beat Bayern Munich after losing to Blackburn and Bradford in the domestic cup competitions,
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"You cannot compare the FA Cup to the Champions League. Everyone would like to be in our position,
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There is also lingering resentment at the suggestion that Arsenal had not taken the FA Cup seriously,
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Wenger refused to take further questions on the Blackburn upset,
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Wenger said that his anger had emanated from a report yesterday that he has been offered a new two year extended contract at Arsenal. His current deal expires at the end of next season and,
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During one exchange, Wenger also picked out the journalist who he thought (wrongly) had written the story about his contract and said: "Why do you look at me?" Wenger was vague,
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"My contract ends in 2014," he said,
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Asked what would happen beyond 2014,
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Wenger sensitivity on the subject was revealing for two reasons. First and foremost, there seemed to be a tacit acceptance that many Arsenal fans might not want him to continue in the job. At best, Wenger knows that any announcement over his future would be terribly timed on the back of losing against Blackburn. At worst,
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Wenger reaction also confirmed that no formal talks have been held with the club and strongly suggested that he is unsure himself what will happen. A possible first failure to qualify for the Champions League is a major unknown,
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Beyond that, both Wenger and Arsenal would surely accept that the steady downward momentum of recent seasons must be reversed for the partnership to continue into another contract. A first opportunity,
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