Cape Town - Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger claims the increased pressure he
has experienced in recent years is due to a prejudice against older
A significant section of Gunners supporters have continued to call
for the 68-year-old to step down after what they perceived to be
sub-standard results in the Premier League.
However, Wenger is adamant that he is not being judged fairly and is instead a victim of age discrimination.
"You focus on doing well for your club and ignore all the rest," he told BeIN Sport. "Overall the older you get the more it becomes a little bit age discrimination.
"I can accept that if the results are not good enough... but overall
that perpetual thing of a link with how long you’ve been at the club,
how old you are, I find that a bit difficult to take."
Some pundits have raised the concern that Wenger may also be doing
permanent harm to his Arsenal legacy by hanging on to his job instead of
aiming for a dignified exit, but the Frenchman disagrees.
"I am naive enough to believe that with the time going on, the
perspective, the emotional context going, it will stand out what I’ve
done for my club, not so much the last result or the last game I won or
how much I’ve been applauded,” Wenger added.
"I’m a little bit fed up with all that modern thing of completely
taking care of your image. I’ve always worked my whole life with the
idea it’s more important who you are than how you look."