Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger says he is ready to accept the consequences which may come, if his side endure a poor finish to the campaign.
Wenger has seen his future called into question in recent months as the Gunners slipped out of the race for Champions League football for a second consecutive season.
Over the weekend, reports emerged suggesting that former Borussia Dortmund boss Thomas Tuchel could be set to take over at the Emirates.
When questioned by beIN Sports on those reports, Wenger claimed his position was being called into question due to his age.
“You focus on doing well for your club and ignore all the rest,” Wenger said. “The older you get, the more it becomes a little bit age discrimination.
“I can accept that, if the results are not good enough, we are in the job where we have to take the consequences. But, that perpetual thing linked with you, how long you’ve been with the club, how old you are, I find that a bit difficult to take.
“But all the rest, I accept. I’m in a tough public job where I have to make results, and I’m responsible for the results.”
While the Gunners will miss the top four in the Premier League, they could still qualify for the Champions League by winning the Europa League.
Although, Wenger says that would not end his time at the club on a high – if he was to be relieved of his duties.
“Honestly, no, I’m not too concerned by image,” he said. “I focus on working with values I think are important, to give my best for my club.
“I’m maybe naive enough to believe that with time going on, with perspective, the emotional context, what I’ve done for my club will stand out, not so much the last result or how much I’ve been applauded when I stop.
“I’m a little bit fed up with all that modern thing that is all completely take care of your image. I think I always worked my whole life with the ideal that it’s more important who you are than how you look.”