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Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger: I will not make decision on my successor

Arsene Wenger insists he will play no part in choosing his successor at Arsenal when his time comes to move on.

Wenger, who turns 67 next week, celebrated 20 years in charge of the Gunners earlier this month, but it is unclear how much longer he will remain in his role.

The Frenchman's contract runs out in the summer, when either he or the club could decide it is time for a change.

"I think it is very important in the club that everybody does what he is paid for," he told beIN Sports.

"My job is to be the manager of the club and to be responsible for the style of play and the technical policy of the club. The board's responsibility will be to choose the next manager -- that is not my job.

"If they ask my opinion I will give it in an honest way, but it will not be me to choose the next manager. I'm not in their position, I am in my position.

"The love story I have with the club is linked as well with the fact the board has always shown faith in me and I'm very grateful for that.

"No matter what happens I will have to make my decision, the board will have to make a decision, and I will respect the decision of the board.

"Even if I wish to stay on I will always respect the decision of the board -- they have the responsibility to do that."

Wenger welcomes Swansea, under new manager Bob Bradley, to the Emirates on Saturday as he seeks to maintain an encouraging start to the season.

"I think I'm moving the club forward, and the way it is managed forward -- I'm quite confident on that," he said.

"What will decide me to continue or not is the fact I feel people still want me to be there, the club still want me to be there and my conscience that I have done well or have not done well.

"That will be a decisive factor -- have I done well? Have we achieved what I wanted to achieve with this team? That will be at stake."

Speculation has linked Wenger with the England job and he indicated that he could move on to another challenge -- even if that was not another managerial post -- after he left Arsenal.

"I'm not at the end of my knowledge or at the end of my desire to do more and become better," he said.

"The only thing that drives me on is that I want tomorrow to be better than today. As long as I have that, I don't want to stop my career."