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Arsenal boss Wenger could 'one day' be England boss

Arsene Wenger is the Premier League's most experienced manager. Credit: PA

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has said it is possible he could "one day" manage England if he had no club commitments.

The Frenchman, who is celebrating 20 years at Arsenal, has been heavily linked with the role since the departure of Sam Allardyce.

It has been reported that the Football Association have approached Wenger in the past but are yet to convince to take the job.

It was a huge surprise what happened to Sam Allardyce.

Who could have predicted that 48 hours ago? Nobody. The game's always full of surprises. My priority has always been this club and until the end of this season, I'm here. I'm completely focused on that.

I've said many times that my priority has always been Arsenal Football Club and I have to assess how well I do until the end of the season.

– Arsene Wenger

Henry unfazed by Arsenal decision

Henry acknowledges the crowd Credit: PA

Former Arsenal striker Thierry Henry has played down the significance of his recent departure from the club.

The 38-year-old will not coach Arsenal's Under-18 side having opted to continue in his role as a television pundit.

Henry, who is Arsenal's all-time leading goalscorer, had worked with the club's academy players last season as he studied to gain his UEFA 'A' Licence.

He is employed by Sky to help cover Premier League football, also appearing on the BBC's Euro 2016 output, but when he was offered a role within the Arsenal set-up by manager Arsene Wenger he was told he would have to step down as a pundit.

Much was made of Henry's decision to pursue his television career, but the former Juventus and Barcelona forward has since clarified his position.

"Nothing will change with my love for Arsenal," he told The Sun.

"First and foremost, I wasn't an employee. I was allowed to go and pass my badges there. This decision was taken months ago, but I guess it came out now because the new season started and I wasn't there.

"I have a current job. In my spare time, for free, I wanted to impart my knowledge and experiences in the game to the youngsters, while completing my coaching hours and also gaining knowledge to pass my pro licence.

"That is how it is, it was a dilemma that wasn't really a dilemma. I have to work. I respect the decision and if I can't complete my hours there, then I will do it somewhere else. It isn't an issue."

Wenger has a history of aiding his former players, with Steve Bould currently his assistant and Freddie Ljungberg working within the youth ranks.

Mikel Arteta, who retired at the end of last season, is also believed to have been offered a backroom role but decided instead to work under Pep Guardiola at Manchester City.

Former Arsenal skipper Tony Adams is understood to be poised to return to the Emirates Stadium on a permanent basis.

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Arsenal boss denies new contract rumours

Arsene Wenger has another year to run on his current deal. Credit: PA

Arsene Wenger insists he is not on the verge on signing a new contract at Arsenal and will base his decision on his future on how his side fare next season.

The 66-year-old's current deal at the Emirates Stadium expires at the end of the 2016-17 campaign, by which time he will have been in the hot-seat for over two decades.

Reports on Friday suggested he was close to agreeing a two-year extension to his current deal but Wenger vehemently dismissed the claims when asked about them during his press conference ahead of Sunday's final league game at home to Aston Villa.

That's completely wrong.

I don't know where this information comes from. You can treat that as just an invention and no more.

It's absolutely false. I would like the press to check this information with myself or the club before they give it out. We both would have denied it.

I think about the next game. At my stage you want to do well. I'm committed with integrity and commitment, full commitment to the club as long as I'm under contract, but at the moment that's all.

– Arsene Wenger

Arsenal protest falls flat

Arsenal fans mostly showed their support for Arsene Wenger and their team. Credit: PA

A fans' protest calling for change at Arsenal fell flat as dissenters at the Emirates Stadium were drowned out by support for Arsene Wenger.

Posters reading 'Time For Change' and 'Arsenal is stale - fresh approach needed' were held up during the Gunners' 1-0 victory over struggling Norwich on Saturday.

A small minority of disgruntled fans, probably numbering in the low hundreds, displayed the signs in the 12th minute of the match, signifying 12 years since the team last won the Premier League title.

The overall reaction to the protest, however, was mixed, as first a chorus of boos and then a resounding chant of "there's only one Arsene Wenger" rang around the ground.

One supporter loyal to the under-fire Frenchman held up a placard that read 'Proud of Arsene, ashamed of "fans"'.

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