To some, a victory in the Champions League Final might have a sense of "closure" for Arsène Wenger. Beating Barcelona would give him his "holy grail" in his 10th season at Arsenal and the last the Club will ever enjoy at Highbury.

However, for the man himself, it is the end of nothing and the start of everything.

"I have said before that the only thing we have missed since I started here was to do well in the Champions League," remarked Wenger before the weekend fixtures. "At the moment as long as we don't do it you feel that people will always question why we didn't.

"I'm very happy that we've got to the Final and I want to finish the job on May 17 in a great way.

"But I don't think it will be the end of anything at all. I think it's start of a new era because this is a very young team. Players like Cesc Fabregas, Philippe Senderos, Mathieu Flamini, Emmanuel Eboue, Robin van Persie and Jose Antonio Reyes - they have started with the Champions League Final at their age. It's just the[beginning] for them."

The question of Wenger's future will arise if, to make a massive assumption, Arsenal do lift the Champions League trophy in Paris. What do you win if you are the man who has won everything?

The 56-year-old is not thinking in those terms at this stage and anyway he concedes that, whatever happens, his heart will belong at Highbury

"I don't know, I don't know," he replied when asked if this would be his last job in football. "I always honour my contracts and my [current] contract runs out in 2008. Of course part of it was to stay through to the opening of the new stadium and keep the team going. After 2008, what I will do? I don't know.

"But Arsenal is the club of my life. I have been here from the age of 45 to 55. It's an age in your life when you have enough experience not to be stupid.

"But," he added with a laugh, "you can still manage to be stupid sometimes."

"Still I have managed to be successful in my time [at Arsenal] so, of course, it will always be my Club."

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