Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has admitted his lengthy stay at the Emirates has made him look like a dinosaur in the modern game.
The Frenchman has now been at the club for 20 years, with only Sir Alex Ferguson at Manchester United staying for longer in the Premier League era.
‘It is very difficult to express. The time has gone ‘like that’. I do a job where the future is the most important,’ Wenger told BeIN Sports ahead of the Gunners’ match with Chelsea.
‘The next game is always the most important so you never look behind you. Today I look like a dinosaur, who has stayed at Arsenal for such a long time, but for me I just take it game after game and the time has flown by.
‘I have managed over 1,000 games for Arsenal and someone told me after the Watford match that I had won my 650th match for the club.
‘I have been committed and tried to be competent and brave — you need that [quality] in this job. I have tried to be loyal and move the club forwards.’
Wenger has led Arsenal to three Premier League titles and six FA Cups during his reign, but has failed to win the top flight since 2004 – a fact that fans have grown all too aware of in recent seasons.
He will get a chance to get their latest tilt at the title back on track when the north Londoners face Chelsea on Saturday, a game which they don’t have the best of records in under the 66-year-old.