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Wenger ‘panics’ about retirement

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Arsene Wenger reacts after his Arsenal team concede a goal in a past match. PHOTO/File

Arsene Wenger reacts after his Arsenal team concede a goal in a past match. PHOTO/File

LONDON, July 23- Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger says he ‘panics’ at the thought of retirement as he prepares for a 20th season in charge of the Gunners.

Wenger, who followed George Graham into the hot seat in 1996, has enjoyed massive successes with the North London club and secured a record 6th FA Cup last time out.

After a series of tough seasons following the club’s move to the Emirates, the 65-year-old has now built a squad many believe are capable of challenging for their first league title since 2004, and the Frenchman says he has no intention of following Sir Alex Ferguson out of the game.

“Retirement? Yes, it crosses my mind but for not longer than five seconds because I panic a bit,” the former Monaco boss told the BBC.

“When we played at United, Ferguson met me. I said: ‘Come on, you don’t miss it?’ He said: ‘No.’ He had enough. Ferguson goes to every game. But he has horses. I have no horses.

“Enthusiasm? That is not a problem, honestly. I am more committed than ever for that. I just think the number of times you have done it doesn’t count. It is how much you love what you do that counts.”

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