Wenger wants to be the best
Arsene Wenger celebrated his 15th anniversary in charge of Arsenal on Friday insisting his ambition remains to make the Gunners the best club in the world.
Wenger has not won a trophy for six years and the club's struggles will be brought into sharp focus on Sunday in the north London derby against Tottenham at White Hart Lane. However, he is certain the Emirates trophy cabinet will soon be required.
"The vision is to make this club the best club in the world, it is as simple as that," said the Frenchman. "To carry through the values we think are important in the game. I'm very proud of the values I defend in the game and we will try to continue to do that."
When asked how long it might take to put Arsenal on top, Wenger added: "In my life I hope. You may say to me I have to live very long, I don't know. I want to try to give my best because only the best is acceptable and if I don't manage to do it I am very sad. Like when we had a bad start to the season, it is uncomfortable but we keep going."
How long did Wenger think he would last at Arsenal when he arrived in 1996?
"One week, two weeks if I was lucky," he said. "I didn't know. I was in exactly the same frame of mind as I am now. I try to do well and see if it works or not, rejected or not, can win or not, like any manager when you come in somewhere."
Wenger had earlier received a rousing vote of confidence from owner Stan Kroenke who said: "Arsene's our man. As an owner, that's who we put our confidence in. Maybe it is one of those times when we have to work our way through, maybe with some young players.
"There are some really good players that Arsene thinks can be special. Sometimes you go through periods like that."
Wenger admitted he was grateful for the public support, adding: "There is never need to panic, panic doesn't solve problems. I am grateful he (Kroenke) has confidence in my abilities to sort our problems out because that is not easy to find in football.
"I have been very lucky to spend 15 years at this club. I live in the present and the future so I hate to look back. I use the history to improve, that's what I want to do. I am grateful and lucky to have spent so much time at this club."