His relationship with the club’s fans may have nosedived in the past few years, but Arsene Wenger is adamant that his love for Arsenal remains undiminished and he will give it his all to ensure they lift the UEFA Europa League in his final season in charge.
“I don’t know what I will do next season. At the moment, I would like to finish my job well,” Wenger responded when asked whether he had thought about managing in Spain next I believe a man has to give his best as long as he is somewhere, with all his commitment and energy.
“I would like one day to know I worked with all my energy until the last day. I would like to look back and think I finished this love affair well,” the French tactician added on the eve of his side’s UEFA Europa League second-leg semi-final against Atletico Madrid.
Many felt Arsenal squandered a golden opportunity in the first leg as Atletico played the tie with a man less for almost 80 minutes, yet the Gunners could only muster a 1-1 draw at the Emirates.
The return leg at the Wanda Metropolitano promises to be a difficult one for the Gunners, who haven’t been exceptional away from home this season.
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They did, however, beat AC Milan at the San Siro in the earlier round, so perhaps there is still hope for the North Londoners.
“I did that for 20 or 21 years, I don’t even know, to be in the Champions League. I want of course to achieve it,” Wenger added on the topic of restoring Arsenal to the elite club competition.
“In football you think you have seen it before but you can always discover new things. Every game surprises you – that’s why it is a new adventure. You never know what to expect. That’s why the excitement is the same,” Wenger stressed.