Arsene Wenger: No talks on new Arsenal contract

 

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger says he is in no hurry to open talks with the club over a new contract.

Gunners chief executive Ivan Gazidis was quoted in the Daily Mirror  saying Wenger will be offered an extension to his current deal, which ends in 2014.

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Two years is a long time in my job. I just want to do well for the club as long as I can and accept all the rest

Arsene Wenger

But Wenger, 62, said: "I've shown my commitment to this club but at the moment I'm not in the mood to think about the long-term future.

"I will assess my own performances and then make a decision."

The Frenchman continued: "I am an Arsenal man. I think I have always shown that. I have to consider if I do well or not.

"If I don't do well, I have to consider my future. At the moment we are not there. I have to consider that, at my age, you always have to assess if you have the fitness, the desire, the commitment that this job demands.

"Then of course you have to make your decisions. I hope I will be lucid enough and intelligent enough to assess my performance well.

"Two years is a long time in my job. I just want to do well for the club as long as I can and accept all the rest."

While being non-committal about his own future, Wenger did seek to ease concern that defender Bacary Sagna was unsettled at the club.

The 29-year-old right-back was quoted in French newspaper L'Equipe questioning the club's transfer policy.

Midfielder Alexander Song has left this summer along with striker Robin van Persie, following the exits of Cesc Fabregas, Samir Nasri and Gael Clichy last year.

Arsene at Arsenal

  • Wenger joined Arsenal from Japanese club Grampus Eight in 1996 as successor to Bruce Rioch
  • Between 1996 and 2005 he won seven major trophies with the Gunners - three Premier League titles and four FA Cups. This includes two Doubles, in 1997-98 and 2001-02
  • Arsenal have failed to win a trophy since claiming the 2005 FA Cup
  • They have finished in the Premier League's top four every year since Wenger took over in 1996
  • Wenger's men have reached the Champions League 14 years in a row. Prior to his arrival, they had made Europe only 12 times in total

"Bacary's interview doesn't reflect the love he has for this club," Wenger added. "He has always given full commitment. Bacary loves the club and I think he will stay here."

Wenger, who was appointed Arsenal boss in 1996, has now presided over seven trophyless years at the club, during which top players have left.

Gazidis, though, is keen to retain the services of the man who has won three Premier League titles and four FA Cups during his time with the Gunners.

"It's not a sense of sentimentalism, not a reward for our services, it's a belief that we have an incredible manager who loves this club and is the best man to lead us forward," Gazidis told The Daily Mirror.

"We're really confident about the direction that the club is heading. We're coming through strongly and we believe we're really well placed.

"We hope and believe that Arsene will be a part of that as we move forward. He is written into our DNA.

"At the same time, as a club, we have to make sure that all of the things that Arsene has brought to the club are enshrined in our DNA to make sure that when the day comes when Arsene decides it's time to hang up his boots - I don't know what the expression is as a manager - that we are in a position to take his ideas and work forward."