Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger admits he is “scared of the day” he his forced to retire from football.
The 66-year-old, who is expected to celebrate his 20th anniversary as Gunners boss in October, has just one year left on his contract at the Emirates.
The ever-present Frenchman was linked with both the France and England managerial roles within the past year and is yet to commit his future to Arsenal.
However, Wenger admits he is dreading his retirement and is unlikely to walk away from the game, unlike his long-running managerial rival, Sir Alex Ferguson.
“It’s been my life and, quite honestly, I’m scared of the day. Because the longer I wait, the more difficult it will be to lose the addiction,” Wenger said, in a new book, Game Changers, by former Charlton boss Alex Curbishley.
“After Alex [Ferguson] retired and we played them over there he sent a message to me to come up and have a drink with him.
“I asked ‘Do you miss it?’ He said, ‘Not at all’. I didn’t understand that. It’s an emptiness in your life, especially when you’ve lived your whole life waiting for the next game and trying to win it.
“Our pleasure comes from that – and our social attitude as well.”
Wenger has come under pressure from Arsenal fans in recent season for a perceived lack of investment in the transfer market, especially when compared to their big-spending Premier League rivals.
Banners calling for Wenger’s resignation were unveiled at numerous matches last season, although the Frenchman remains defiant over his frugal transfer policy.
Arsenal have made just one high-profile signing this summer – Granit Xhaka from Borussia Monchengladbach – but Wenger may be forced to enter the market before the transfer window closes due to a current injury crisis in defence.
With Per Mertesacker and Gabriel Paulista sidelined through injury, Wenger has attempted to sign Valencia centre-back Shkodran Mustafi, although the two clubs have now reached a stalemate over the potential transfer.
Meanwhile, the Gunners are yet to striker a deal with Lyon over winger Alexandre Lacazette, after seeing a £29m rejected earlier this summer.