Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 27 November 2014

Wenger sticking with Gunners

Arsene Wenger says he has no plans to leave Arsenal
Arsene Wenger says he has no plans to leave Arsenal

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger expects another "game of musical chairs" as top clubs around Europe swap managers this summer - but has again stressed he is not planning to go anywhere just yet.

Following the decision of Sir Alex Ferguson to retire, Wenger will next season become the longest serving manager in the Barclays Premier League. While Manchester United have named David Moyes as Ferguson's successor, just who else will be going head to head with the Frenchman at Chelsea and Manchester City remains to be seen.

Wenger, who took charge at Highbury in 1996, had himself been linked with a move to Paris St Germain, where the future of Carlo Ancelotti has yet to be clarified. However, the Gunners manager is looking forward to testing himself against the game's best tacticians once again by aiming to deliver Arsenal's first silverware in the best part of a decade.

Writing in his blog for the French Eurosport website, www.eurosport.fr, Wenger said: "The rumours about my future? It does not bother me, it is part of the interest of the footballing public. You have to live with it and try to educate people.

"I answered this question several times by saying that I have always respected my contract and I will continue to do so. There will undoubtedly be a rotation of coaches, with a game of musical chairs.

"It concerns a lot of people but it is a rotation with respect to big-name coaches, so no matter where they go, there will always be great coaches everywhere."

Arsenal kept themselves in the driving seat to secure another shot at Champions League qualification when they beat Wigan 4-1 at the Emirates Stadium on Tuesday night, a result which confirmed the FA Cup winners' relegation.

The Gunners head to Newcastle on Sunday one point ahead of north London rivals Tottenham and two behind Europa League winners Chelsea, whom they could yet overtake or indeed ultimately face in a play-off for third depending on the respective results at Stamford Bridge and St James' Park.

Should Arsenal go on to secure the chance of a 16th consecutive season in the Champions League, it would strengthen the club's hand in summer transfer negotiations. Wenger is reported to have a healthy reserve of more than £100million which will be bolstered by the expected departures of surplus players.

Wenger is understood to have targeted offensive additions this summer, with the likes of Fiorentina's Stevan Jovetic, Real Madrid frontman Gonzalo Higuain and even England forward Wayne Rooney all said to be on the Arsenal manager's radar.

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