Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has said that he never considered quitting the job this week, despite suffering a further setback with defeat in the Champions League.
The Gunners boss has come under intense pressure from both media and fans, following a midweek 3-1 defeat in the Champions League by Bayern Munich, hot on the heels of an FA Cup loss at home to Blackburn.
Wenger says he is not about to walk away from the job, insisting his desire burns as bright as ever. When questioned about the possibility of leaving he said:
“Never. Not one second. I don’t think that (motivation) spark has anything to do with the length of your life. It is just that’s how you are and you’re motivated by how much you want to win and how much you are a winner.
“If I go out now and play one against one with you, you will see I will beat you and at least if I don’t manage to beat you, I will want to beat you. That will not change as long as I can move.”
The French man went on to say that there needs to be a sense of “perspective” around his achievements at the Emirates Stadium, with Arsenal having continued to qualify for the Champions League despite testing financial circumstances.
“We live in a world of emotion, of excess, and it is down to people who have responsibilities to put that into perspective and keep solid and keep guiding the club in the right way. My responsibility is to keep the guidelines and guide the team and the club in what I feel is the right way. What is important for me is to focus on the next game and try to give my best, like all the players.”