Arsene Wenger: I’m an Arsenal man but no talks over new contract yet
Arsene Wenger insists he has not held talks with Arsenal over the possibility of extending his current Gunners contract
Arsene Wenger insists he has not held talks with Arsenal over the possibility of a new contract following reports the Frenchman is set to be offered a new long-term deal.
Wenger’s current deal expires in 2014 but reports this week have claimed 62-year-old is set to be handed a fresh four-year contract at The Emirates.
However, the Gunners boss played down the rumours at his weekly news briefing but reaffirmed his commitment to the north London club.
“I’m an Arsenal man and I have always shown that,” Wenger told a news conference on Thursday. “Two years is a long time in my job. My target is to do as well as I can for this club. How long will it last? I don’t know. We have potential.
“In the past I have shown my commitment to this club and at the moment I am not in the mood to think about the long-term future as we want to do well this season.”
And asked directly if talks had taken place about a new contract, Wenger replied: “No.”
Wenger also moved to quash speculation linking Bacary Sagna with a move away from The Emirates after the defender expressed his surprise at the summer departures of Robin van Persie and Alex Song.
“Bacary’s interview doesn’t reflect the love he has for this club,” Wenger said. “He has always given full commitment. Bacary loves the club and I think he will stay here.”
And the Gunners boss also confirmed that Jack Wilshere, who has been out injured for over 12 months, is set to resume full training imminently.
“Wilshere is good news for us because he is making quick progress now. Next week? No. But he will join full training soon,” he added.