Arsene Wenger has come out fighting once more; dismissing reports he is considering his future at Arsenal and insists he is as hungry as ever.
The Frenchman has been under steadily increasing pressure over recent seasons as each year passes without a major trophy.
He is, to a certain extent, a victim of his own success, given the marvellous ‘invincibles’ side he built in 2004 and the raised expectations that has brought since.
However, things have certainly come to a head this season with the club sliding down the league table, crashing out of both cups to lower league opposition and were most recently humbled 3-1 at home to Bayern Munich on Wednesday.
Prior to that game, Wenger gave an extraordinary press conference, clearly riled by incorrect reports he had been offered a new contract. He raged and ranted at reporters in a way totally at odds with his usual calm thoughtful demeanour, adding weight to the theory on Betfair that he is feeling the heat at the Emirates Stadium.
Wenger stormed down the tunnel after the Bayern defeat in midweek and refused to speak to the media afterwards, though when he did attend a press conference a few days later where his mood had unsurprisingly improved.
The latest round of speculation in the aftermath of their latest defeat suggested Wenger was considering his future, something that inevitably dominated the gathered reporters’ questioning at the Gunners’ training ground.
Asked directly if he had considered his position this week, Wenger said: "Never. Not one second. I don't think that [motivation] spark has anything to do with the length of your life. It is just that's how you are and you're motivated by how much you want to win and how much you are a winner.
"If I go out now and play one against one with you, you will see I will beat you and at least if I don't manage to beat you, I will want to beat you. That will not change as long as I can move."
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