Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 28 August 2014

Wenger: I'm going nowhere

Arsene Wenger has another year left to run on his current deal

Arsene Wenger has again ruled out leaving Arsenal before the end of his contract - and hinted for the first time he would like to stay on past 2014.

The Gunners boss, 63, still has another season left to run on his current deal, but has been linked with a summer switch to big-spending Paris St Germain.

Speaking at a media conference ahead of the trip to relegated QPR, Wenger said: "I answered that question already. I respect my contracts. I want to stay (on past 2014) if I do well and if I consider or the club considers that I do well, that is all."

He added: "I want this club to do well, that is my basic feeling. We have gone through a period that was very sensitive, we are coming out of it now, in a much stronger position financially. I believe the club is in a very strong position for the future."

Wenger, who has transformed Arsenal since he arrived at Highbury in October 1996, is in no doubt when he does eventually call it a day, the club will be in good shape for the future.

"I believe a big club should be run where everybody does his job and I try to do my job. The only thing I can say is that I do it with a lot of commitment and a lot of loyalty. I try to do as well as I can for this club," he said.

"I believe that this club is today in a very, very strong position and has gone through a very sensitive period in a very intelligent way. After that, everything is here to have a great future.

"We have a good fanbase, we have now a strong financial situation, we have good young players and a squad with a bright future with the quality of the young players we have. It is just to manage it well now."

Arsenal head to Loftus Road on the back of a seven-match unbeaten league run which has moved them into fourth place, one point behind Chelsea and two ahead of Tottenham, albeit having played a match more.

"We focus on winning our games and then look at the results of other teams," said Wenger. "The most important in that is not to lift your head, just focus on our job and continue our strong run. We have put a strong run together and we want to use this belief in a very positive way."

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