Arsene Wenger says that Arsenal can only have victory if supporters stick together.

Wenger has come under considerable pressure in recent months as Arsenal’s poor league form has put their future Champions League participation in doubt.

That led to reports that Wenger could leave but, although no decision has been announced, it is considered likely that the Frenchman will sign a new contract.

Wenger says that he is as hungry as ever, but understands that recent defeats have lowered morale throughout the club.

“I hate defeat,” Wenger said.

“But 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.

“I’m as hungry. I carry a bit more pressure on my shoulders than 20 years ago (when he first arrived at Arsenal) but the hunger is exactly the same.

“When you see what the club was and what it is today – when I arrived we were seven people (members of staff), we are 700 today.

“One share was £400, it £18,000 today. And I’ll tell you straight away, I don’t have any shares.”

Wenger also reiterated that he has no intention of retiring, whatever the outcome of this summer:

“I will not retire. Retiring is for young people.

“For old people retirement is dying. I still watch every football game. I find it interesting.”

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