By Richard Clarke

Arsène Wenger admits that the end of his current contract will be a “serious check-point” in his career.

The Arsenal manager’s current deal runs until 2011. By then he will have been in charge for 15 years. This weekend he celebrates the 12th anniversary of his appointment. The 58-year-old admits the issue is not high on his agenda right now – but it will be.

“I've not thought about my contract,” he said. “I will give myself to the end of my contract in 2011 and then have a serious check-point. You don't want as well to go on too long.

“I don't want to walk away at the moment, but in two or three years things can change in any job.

"To be honest I would have laughed if someone had said I'd be here for 12 years.

“I was lucky in my career. I stayed for seven years in Monaco which is a good record in France, so in 19 years I had two clubs. Just to be a manager for 19 years needs luck.

"But I said to my wife ‘at 55 I stop, I promise you’. And at 55 I said ‘60’.

“Now I just don't speak about it any more!"

Copyright 2017 The Arsenal Football Club plc. Permission to use quotations from this article is granted subject to appropriate credit being given to as the source
26 Sep 2008