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Monday 5 December 2016

Wenger won't pick Gunners successor

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger
Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger

Arsene Wenger insists he will play no part in choosing his successor at Arsenal when his time comes to move on.

The Frenchman, who turns 67 next week, celebrated 20 years in charge of the Gunners earlier this month but it is unclear how much longer he will remain the role.

Wenger's contract runs out in the summer when either manager or club could decide it is time for a change.

The England manager's position remains a possibility for Wenger, who admitted he could be tempted by the role "if I am free one day", but he could also sign a new deal to further extend his stay in north London.

Wenger is clear on one thing about his departure, he will not hand-pick his replacement, although he may offer his opinion if asked by the powers that be at the Emirates Stadium.

"I think it is very important in the club that everybody does what he is paid for," he said.

"My job is to be the manager of the club and to be responsible for the style of play and the technical policy of the club. The board's responsibility will be to choose the next manager so that is not my job.

"If they ask my opinion, I will give it in an honest way, but it will not be me to choose the next manager. I'm not in their position, I am in my position.

"The love story I have with the club is linked as well with the fact the board has always shown faith in me and I'm very grateful for that.

"No matter what happens, I will have to make my decision, the board will have to make a decision and I will respect the decision of the board anyway, even if I wish to stay on I will respect always the decision of the board - they have the responsibility to do that."

Wenger's passion shows no sign of abating as he goes in search for a first Premier League crown since his 'Invincibles' of 2003/04 won the title without losing.

He welcomes Swansea tomorrow looking for a sixth-straight victory in all competitions and he remains confident in his ability to continually improve his current squad.

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