Arsene Wenger has admitted he questioned whether he was the right man for Arsenal’s top job, all the while confirming both Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil will remain at the club into next season.
Wenger signed a new two-year deal to continue his two-decade long tenure in the hot seat at the north London club amid intense pressure from supporters to step down.
A procession of “Wenger Out” banners appeared both at Arsenal games and globally as the Gunners missed out on what has proven to be a mainstay Champions League place under the Frenchman.
However, Arsenal claimed the FA Cup with a 2-1 win over Chelsea post-season, adding some gloss to what many perceived as an indifferent campaign.
“Of course you question always yourself because you want to do the right thing,” Wenger told beIN Sports.
“I love Arsenal Football Club. That will never change, no matter what happens to me personally.
“But I want to make sure Arsenal Football Club is well guided and in good hands and to question as well if I am the right man to do that.”
In the same interview, Wenger clarified the futures of star men Ozil and Sanchez, who he said will remain at Arsenal in the 2017-18 season.
Both have been the subjects of unrelenting transfer speculation as conjecture over their contract situations continues.
“They love the club. They integrate well the values of our club and they want to be part of it because they love the football we play,” Wenger added.
“This summer they will stay at the club and hopefully we can extend their contract.
“You cannot weaken the club and weaken the team. And you want to strengthen the team unless you find a player of the same calibre unless they want absolutely to leave.
“I believe that at the moment, we are not on that front. We are just focused on keeping the team together and seeing how we can strengthen the team.”
Both Ozil and Sanchez’s Arsenal contracts expire at the end of next season.