Arsene Wenger has spoken about Louis van Gaal’s retirement plans to leave Manchester United in 2017 and touched upon his own.

The boss spoke about the Dutchman’s promise to retire when his existing contact in Manchester is up and revealed that he believes the manager will honour this agreement, saying, “I think Van Gaal is the sort of person who will respect and stick by his decision to retire when he says.”

Wenger is unclear, however, on when he will retire. His current contract also runs out in 2017 but, as ever, no one really knows whether the Frenchman will remain at the club after this.

“I will retire, don’t worry,” Wenger chided.

“But, no, I haven’t decided when that will be yet.

“And when I do I’ll be more impulsive and instinctive than Van Gaal.

“I’m always scared because I’ve heard so many times before that next year a manager is retiring – and then they continue or go somewhere else.

“One thing is for sure, when I say I am retiring, I really will.”

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger during training at London Colney
ST ALBANS, ENGLAND – SEPTEMBER 28: Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger during training at London Colney on September 28, 2015 in St Albans, England. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images,)

In the recent past, Wenger extending his contract depended on how the club were doing and I imagine, come 2017, it’ll be a similar situation. Although it’s far more likely that Wenger will join the board at Arsenal rather than move to another club, it’s disconcerting to think of life after Arsene.

All we can do is make the most of the fantastic manager that we’re lucky to have at this moment in time.