- Arsene Wenger says he is scared of retirement as that means he could soon die
- The Frenchman has been at Arsenal for the past 20 plus years as first team coach
- Fans want the manager to leave but he says he would not retire come end of season
- Arsenal who have lost four of their last five EPL games face Manchester City next
Arsene Wenger says retirement would be like dying hence suggesting he could remain with the club despite calls from fans for him to leave.
Wenger has been in charge of the Gunners for the last 20-plus years but discontent has grown as the club have under-performed in recent years.
The club were knocked out of the Champions League in the last-16 for a seventh successive season and lost four of their last five Premier League matches to slide down to sixth in the table.
"I will not retire," Wenger told reporters. "Retiring is for young people. For old people retirement is dying
"Of course I'm as hungry as I was when I arrived. I carry a bit more pressure on my shoulders than 20 years ago but the hunger is exactly the same."
NAIJ.com recalls that Wenger has a two year contract offer on the table but he has yet to reveal if he would be signing the contract.
Speaking ahead of his side's clash with fourth-placed Manchester City at the Emirates Stadium on Sunday, Wenger dispelled all insinuations off fear.
"Fear? No. My next game is about hope and desire. I hate defeat," the Frenchman added.
"In your mind you can never afford to lose, you're always very focused on winning the next game. I can understand the fans that are unhappy with every defeat
"But the only way to have victory is to stick together with the fans and give absolutely everything until the end of the season. That's all we can do."
The #WengerOut protests have gone a whole new level this season following after Champions League last-16 exit to Bayern Munich earlier this month.
Wenger's 21-year spell as Gunners manager is now in serious question despite his success in north London, as he has failed to lead the club to a Premier League trophy since 2004.