Former Gunner Martin Keown has backed Arsene Wenger to keep on managing if he does say goodbye to the Gunners at the end of this season.

The Arsenal manager has been under severe scrutiny for the past couple of months due to his team’s insipid displays in the Premier League and Champions League.

Many have joined the campaign calling for Wenger to finally step down following two decades in charge of the north London club.

And according to Keown, the Frenchman is unlikely to follow Sir Alex Ferguson’s route and quit the game for good, should he leave Arsenal.

“I do still think he will be a manager next season,” the BBC pundit said

“Arsenal is his life’s work and pulling himself away is like a grieving process.

“Wenger needs to focus on winning the remaining matches, getting Arsenal into the Cup final and the top four.

“Then if he does leave he can go on a good note.

“Wenger needs to show good leadership during this period. What he says to the players is all important.

“The players are not just playing for the manager — they play for self-pride, the club and the supporters, too, and that does not change whoever is in charge.

“He needs to find the words to motivate these players for the games to come.”

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