Wenger pledges future to Arsenal

Published on NewsOK Modified: May 3, 2013 at 10:29 am •  Published: May 3, 2013
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LONDON (AP) — Arsene Wenger wants to stay on as Arsenal manager beyond the end of his current contract and believes the club is now in good shape to challenge for trophies.

The 63-year-old Frenchman, who joined Arsenal in 1996, has only one more season left to run on his deal and has recently been linked with a possible summer move to French side Paris Saint-Germain.

Wenger, however, pledged his loyalty to Arsenal on Friday and maintained his hunger for success is as strong as ever.

"Every football game excites me and football in general still excites me - the love for this club as well," Wenger said. "I have answered that question (about Paris Saint-Germain) already. I respect my contracts.

"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."

Wenger has endured a turbulent relationship this season with Arsenal's fans, some of whom are frustrated at his reluctance to buy new players and demoralized by the club's lack of silverware.

Arsenal's last trophy was an FA Cup in 2005 and star striker Robin van Persie last year became the latest in a long line of stars to quit the club when he joined Manchester United.

"We have gone through a period that was very sensitive," Wenger said. "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."

The Arsenal board is reportedly set to formalize negotiations over an extension to Wenger's contract at the end of the season. With a 60,000-seat stadium up and running and the club's financial situation secure, Wenger believes the club will be in good shape even after he has gone.