As Arsene Wenger reaches his 20th anniversary as Arsenal manager, the Frenchman says he could envisage himself still being in charge in five years time as well as one day managing England.
Wenger celebrates two decades in charge of the North London club on Saturday, although with his current contract due to expire this summer, he has been linked with the vacant England manager’s job.
Asked if there could be a 25th anniversary at Arsenal in five years, he told a news conference: “I rule nothing out because I want to work. And I want to do well.
“But I accept as well that it can finish tomorrow. It’s a love story and a love story you expect always to last forever. But it can stop any day.”
Wenger also left the door open for moving into international management when quizzed again about the possibility of taking over the England job.
Gareth Southgate is in temporary charge after Sam Allardyce left the post this week, with Wenger regarded as a possible target for the Football Association next summer if he does not renew his contract with Arsenal.
“The priority is to do well here, this has always been my club,” Wenger said. “But one day, if I am free, why not?”
Wenger has won three Premier League titles and six FA Cups during his 20 years in England, but he says he prefders to not dwell on the past.
“I do not look back,” Wenger said when asked to single out a favourite moment from his tenure.
“What people would [remember] is the ‘Invincible’ year maybe. But for a manager the job is always to do the maximum with the team that is available. You are obsessed always by the next game. You expect always the perfect game in the next game, and that is what you work for.
“I want to win absolutely everything, and play the perfect game in every game. And get people to enjoy what they see and the players to enjoy what they do.”
Wenger did acknowledge that it will be hard for any manager these days to stay in the same job for two decades.
“I hope [someone will],” he said. “It’s not necessarily a job where you have to be unstable. But if you look at the numbers it’s quite worrying. The average life expectancy of a manager in England is less than 18 months, so that’s not very promising.”