Tony Adams believes the fear of retirement will spur Arsene Wenger into signing another new contract at Arsenal.

Adams has been one of Wenger harshest critics in recent years, and doesn’t believe that the Frenchman’s current team can win the Premier League title.

Despite that, Adams has a feeling that Wenger will extend his contract beyond 2019, if only because he’s too scared of retirement.

“He’s contracted for another 18 months, so you’re asking me whether this squad can do it,” Adams told Goals on Sunday, reports the Express. “I don’t think they can, I think that’s pretty obvious. But how long will he go on for now? How old is he 67?

“He’s already said retirement is death to him, so you can’t see him retiring and there doesn’t seem to be anything outside of the game for him. It wouldn’t be beyond me to see him sign another extension for another couple of years as well.”

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LONDON, ENGLAND – DECEMBER 02: Arsene Wenger, Manager of Arsenal argues with referee Andre Marriner after during the Premier League match between Arsenal and Manchester United at Emirates Stadium on December 2, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

Wenger has spoken about his reluctance to retire from football in the past. He’s so committed to the game that he cannot envision a life without it. The long-serving manager is also driven by a desire to get Arsenal back to the top of English football.

Last season was the closest Wenger came to leaving, but he eventually signed a new two-year contract that will extend his tenure to 2019. He typically sees out his contracts, so any discussion about his future will be put off until next season, I believe.

As for Arsenal’s title hopes, it’s certainly not looking likely this season. Manchester City are 15 points ahead of us in the table, and have yet to lose a game.

Wenger hasn’t given up on the title, but Arsenal’s main concern this season will be getting back into the top-four.