Belfast Telegraph

Good health the key for Wenger

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger maintains he will continue to work in the game as long as his health allows.

Wenger, 61, recently penned a new deal to keep him at Emirates Stadium until 2014. By then the Frenchman, who has revolutionised the north London club since arriving in September 1996, may well have decided enough is enough.

"I will coach for as long as I am healthy enough. I could finish coaching young players, but not necessarily at professional level," Wenger told L'Equipe.

"I am planning to remain with Arsenal until the end of my new contract, but at my age I am forced to consider the short term.

"If I am still here it will not be because of a lack of offers from clubs overseas, but because I really appreciate what I have been given here. I am fortunate to work with complete freedom."

Wenger is conscious of the need to land some silverware, having last tasted success with the FA Cup in 2005, while Arsenal have not won the league title since the unbeaten campaign of 2003/2004.

He signalled his intent with a strong squad for Tuesday night's 4-1 Carling Cup third-round win at arch-rivals Tottenham and knows now is the time for his youngsters to deliver.

"Of course I want to win trophies. Our hopes for the season are always the same, we are fighting for the Premier League title and want to win the Champions League," he added.

"The plan is to continue our improvement with the strength of our team and their youth.

"My players don't have the excuse of inexperience any more. They are eager for titles. I believe they are capable, but they have to show it."


From Belfast Telegraph