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Arsene Wenger thinking of a new contract to stay at Arsenal

The Frenchman confident the London side have a strong future ahead of them.

Arsene Wenger is optimistic Arsenal have a good future ahead of them.
Arsene Wenger is optimistic Arsenal have a good future ahead of them.

Arsene Wenger insists his hunger for success burns as fierce as ever and he has no intentions of leaving Arsenal yet, hinting for the first time he would like to stay past 2014.

The 63-year-old Gunners manager still has another season left to run on his current deal, but has been linked with a summer switch to big-spending Paris St Germain.

Wenger, though, maintains his focus is very much on the job at hand, which is guiding Arsenal to another top-four finish and into the Champions League again, before he will then attack the transfer market.

"Every football game excites me and football in general still excites me - the love for this club as well," Wenger said ahead of today's game at Queens Park Rangers.

"I want to stay (past 2014) if I do well and if I consider or the club considers that I do well, that is all.

"I want this club to do well - that is my basic feeling.

"We have gone through a period that was very sensitive. We are coming out of it now, in a much stronger position financially.

"I believe the club is in a very strong position for the future."

Wenger has transformed Arsenal since he arrived at Highbury in October 1996, making them the dominant force in the domestic game as the Invincibles won the 2003/2004 title without losing a match, before overseeing the club's move to the 60,000-seater Emirates Stadium and consistently delivering Uefa Champions League football in the face of heavy spending from their rivals.

It is understood the Arsenal board will look to formalise negotiations over an extension once the campaign is finished, with Wenger having often talked of his desire to see the latest generation deliver a long-overdue trophy - the last being the 2005 FA Cup.

The French coach is in no doubt when he does eventually call it a day, Arsenal will be in good shape for the future.

"I believe a big club should be run where everybody does his job and I try to do my job. The only thing I can say is that I do it with a lot of commitment and a lot of loyalty. I try to do as well as I can for this club," he said.

"I believe that this club is today in a very, very strong position and has gone through a very sensitive period in a very intelligent way. After that, everything is here to have a great future."

Arsenal head to Loftus Road on the back of a seven-match unbeaten league run which has moved them into fourth place - one point behind Chelsea and two ahead of Tottenham, albeit having played a match more.

"The only thing we know is it can only be decisive if we win our games. That is compulsory," he said.

"We focus on winning our games and then look at the results of other teams. The most important in that is not to lift your head, just focus on our job and continue our strong run."

Wenger, though, warned against underestimating the challenge posed by Harry Redknapp's already relegated QPR..

"It can happen yes, that they play under less pressure, with less fear. It can be of course very dangerous," said Wenger, who must again do without 17-goal striker Olivier Giroud as he serves the second of a three-match suspension following his red card at Fulham last month.

"I still believe that the match will be decided by the quality of our performance.

"If we continue to play like we do, we will make it and that's what we focus on."

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