Furious Wenger denies reports he’s close to signing new Arsenal deal
Arsene Wenger reacts angrily when quizzed over reports claiming that the Frenchman is set to sign a contract extension at Arsenal
Arsene Wenger reacted angrily when quizzed over reports claiming that the Frenchman is set to sign a contract extension at Arsenal.
Media reports on Monday suggested that the Gunners boss is poised to pen a new two-year extension at the north London outfit.
But the Arsenal boss, whose side suffered a shock FA Cup exit at the hands of Blackburn Rovers on Saturday, insisted that there is no truth in the rumours at a news conference on Monday.
“That’s the wrong information,” he said. “I’ve worked for 16 years in England and I deserve a bit more credit than wrong information that has only one intention: to harm.
“If it’s good information that comes from nowhere then it’s alright, but this is the wrong information that comes from nowhere and is completely wrong.
“I don’t know where the information comes from.”
Wenger’s men are gearing up for a Champions League showdown against last year’s runners-up Bayern Munich at Emirates Stadium on Tuesday.
The Gunners have come in for heavy criticism following their FA Cup defeat on Saturday but Wenger insists his players will not need picking up after that surprise loss.
He said: “We play against a good opponent but I trust our quality, I trust our spirit and I trust our mental strength, so see you tomorrow.
“We must play with belief tomorrow night. I believe in our quality. We are on a good run overall. It’s always difficult to take a distance with recent emotions but the fact is that in the last 11 games in the Premier League we’ve lost two.
“We’re on a good run in the Premier League and that gives some strength to the team. What we want to do is to play with that strength.”
Arsenal v Bayern Munich: Pre-match facts
• Lukas Podolski played for Bayern between 2006 and 2009, scoring 15 goals in 71 league appearances. Either side of that spell he spent a total of six years with Cologne and in ten games against Bayern, was only once on the winning side.
• Arsenal are seeking a quarter-final place for the first time since 2010 but lost at home to Bundesliga opponents in the group stage. Schalke’s 2-0 victory ended the Gunners’ run of six successive home wins against German visitors.
• The Gunners are the third English opponents for Bayern in the last two campaigns. They met Manchester City in last season’s group stage, winning 2-0 in Munich before losing by the same scoreline away with qualification already assured, and then took on Chelsea in the final at their own Fußball Arena München.
• Bayern have lost on their last four visits to England and have never won in London in five trips. Their overall record against English teams is W13 D13 L10; away from home it is W2 D7 L6.