Arsenal legend Robert Pires has told RMC that Arsene Wenger is not ready to leave the Gunners and will still be in charge next season.
Wenger, 65, signed a three-year contract extension through to 2017 only last year, but following Arsenal’s last-16 Champions League exit to Monaco in Match, speculation over his future has resurfaced.
Though the club’s last Premier League title dates back to 2004, Wenger has consistently qualified the team for the Champions League, and appears set to do so again with his side currently in third place.
Part of “The Invincibles” side who went through the 2003-04 campaign unbeaten en route to the title, Pires played for six years under Wenger, and believes his former boss remains as driven as ever.
“It’s not a question of strength. He’s not tired. He still has that desire to be on the pitch, because he loves it, it’s his vocation, he’s been doing it for many years,” the former France international, who still occasionally trains with the first-team squad, said.
“His aim is to qualify for the Champions League, which I think will happen, and what is certain is that you will see him on the bench again next year.”