Arsene Wenger: This is an important season for me at Arsenal

Arsene Wenger reveals that he has held positive talks with Arsenal over the possibility of extending his contract at Emirates Stadium

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Arsene Wenger took over at Arsenal back in 1996 Photo: Back Page Images

Arsene Wenger has revealed he has held positive talks with Arsenal over the possibility of extending his contract – and admits that the the 2013-14 campaign will be a crucial one for the Frenchman.

The 63-year-old, whose contract expires in June 2014, has recently held discussions with Gunners chiefs over the possibility of extending his current deal beyond next summer.

But Wenger, whose Arsenal side have not won a major trophy since their FA Cup triumph back in 2005, insists that he is not taking his position at Emirates Stadium for granted and knows that his side must build on their fourth-place finish from last season.

“The talks went well and it’s not a problem,” said Wenger, who has been in north London since 1996. “But I will not use my longevity as an advantage to stay in this position if I don’t do well.

“My future will depend on how well I do. I don’t just assume I will always be here.

“I’ve always shown my loyalty to this club and I don’t need to prove anything on that. But I want to do well for Arsenal so this is an important season for me.”

Wenger also brushed off reports linking him with the Paris Saint-Germain job.

“People are always linking me with PSG because I am French and I know the owners,” he said.

“But if I wanted to go to PSG I would be there already. I’m not because my heart is with Arsenal and they are always my priority.”

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