Wenger won’t play ‘musical chairs’

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger expects another “game of musical chairs” as top clubs around Europe swap managers this summer — but has again stressed he is not planning to go anywhere just yet.

Following the decision of Alex Ferguson to retire, Wenger, who took charge at Highbury in 1996, will next season become the longest serving manager in the Premier League.

While Manchester United have moved swiftly to name David Moyes as Ferguson’s successor, just who else will be going head to head with the 63-year-old Frenchman at title rivals Chelsea and Manchester City come August remains to be seen.

Wenger, whose current deal runs until the summer of 2014, had himself been linked with a move to Paris St Germain, where the future of Carlo Ancelotti has yet to be clarified.

However, the Gunners manager is looking forward to testing himself against the game’s best tacticians once again by aiming to deliver Arsenal’s first silverware in the best part of a decade.

Wenger said: “The rumours about my future? It does not bother me, it is part of the interest of the footballing public. You have to live with it and try to educate people.

“I answered this question several times by saying that I have always respected my contract and I will continue to do so.

“There will undoubtedly be a rotation of coaches, with a game of musical chairs.”

The Gunners head to Newcastle on Sunday one point ahead of north London rivals Tottenham and two behind Europa League winners Chelsea, whom they could yet overtake or indeed ultimately face in a play-off for third depending on the respective results at Stamford Bridge and St James’ Park.


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