Wenger irked by scrutiny, says ‘turned the whole world down’
LONDON (AP) — Irked that his future is again under scrutiny, Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger reminded his critics he “turned the whole world down” to stay at the club and refused to comment on an end-of-season review regarding his position.
Arsenal’s last chance of winning domestic silverware this season disappeared on Sunday with a 3-0 loss to Manchester City in the English League Cup final. The team is in sixth place in Premier League, 27 points behind City ahead of its match against the leaders on Thursday. Arsenal remains involved in the Europa League but faces a tough match against Italian side AC Milan.
With Arsenal slipping behind English football’s elite, the 68-year-old Wenger’s future is back to being the subject of much debate as he approaches the end of 22nd season in charge. He has a contract until the summer of 2019.
“I am here for 21 years,” said Wenger, easily the longest-serving manager in England. “I turned the whole world down to respect my contracts. So I am still amazed that I still have to answer these types of questions.”
Asked about the end-of-season review, Wenger said: “Honestly, that’s the last worry I have at the moment.”
A loss to City would leave Arsenal 10 points behind fourth-place Tottenham with 10 games left in the race to qualify for the Champions League.