Arsene Wenger
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has no designs on retirement Getty

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger says retiring from management has not entered his mind and will keep going for "as long as he can do it".

Wenger, 65, led the club to their ninth major trophy in their FA Cup triumph in May 2015 since taking over in north London in 1996.

A year ago, shortly after the club's 2014 cup success, the Frenchman ended speculation over his short-term future at the Gunners and penned a new three-year contract, keeping him at the club until 2017.

Upon signing the deal, Wenger said he was eager to repay the faith the club had placed in him and says his enthusiasm for helping players improve remains as strong as it has ever been.

When asked by Arsenal's official website if coaching players is still his favourite part of the job, Wenger replied: "Yes, of course. I love football and I love to try to help the players to be better. I love as well that players feel they can become a better player at this club. I think that is an important part of the job.

"As I said earlier, I started at the age of 31, now I am 65 and I have never stopped. Never, not for a day. So I have spent 34 years on the pitches every day. It has been my life and it will be my life as long as I can do it."

Wenger's reputation as a coach who plays an active role on the training pitch remains as strong as ever and the veteran manager insists he has no designs on changing his approach while he is still in management.

He said: "Look, I am not naive enough to believe I will be forever on a football pitch! At some stage I will have to do something different. But as long as I can, I want to be on the pitch.

"That's where I'm happy, that's where I get my satisfaction, that's where I feel I can be useful. After that, I don't know. If you consider the average lifespan of a manager is 12 months, then I was so lucky to have 35 years so far. So I push on."