x Abu Dhabi, UAEMonday 24 July 2017

'Arsenal man' Wenger in no hurry to open new contract talks

The Arsenal manager says he wants to focus on the team's performance despite chief executive Ivan Gazidis indicating the club want to offer Wenger a new deal before his current one ends in 2014.

Arsenal's long-serving French manager Arsene Wenger
Arsenal's long-serving French manager Arsene Wenger

Arsene Wenger insists he always be an "Arsenal man" - but says he is in no hurry to open talks over a new contract with the club.

Gunners chief executive Ivan Gazidis has indicated the club are ready to offer the long-serving Frenchman fresh terms before his current deal expires in 2014.

But the 62-year-old manager said he will not rush into discussing his future as he focuses on the team's performance.

Speaking ahead of Arsenal's English Premier League game with Southampton this weekend, he said: "I have two years to go. What is important for me is Southampton and I think I have shown my commitment to this club in the past.

"At the moment I am not in the mood to think about the long-term future. We want to do well this season, that's all."

He continued: "I am an Arsenal man. I think I have always shown that. I have to consider if I do well or not.

"If I don't do well, I have to consider my future.

"I have been at the club long enough to have confidence in the people I work with, but I will assess my own performances and then make a decision, at the moment we are not there.

"Two years is a long time in my job. I just want to do well for the club as long as I can and accept all the rest.

"I have to consider that at my age, you always have to assess if you have the fitness, the desire, the commitment that this job demands.

"Then of course you have to make your decisions. I hope I will be lucid enough and intelligent enough to assess my performance well."

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