Wenger admits new Arsenal contract IS on the table but boss is in no rush to sign

By Jim Van Wijk, Press Association

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Arsene Wenger has admitted Arsenal have offered him a new contract to stay beyond the end of his current deal but he is in no rush to put pen to paper just yet.

The Frenchman is out of contract at the end of this season but is keen to remain at the Emirates, with a two-year extension believed to be on the table.

Speaking at a press conference ahead of Saturday's visit of Norwich City, Wenger said: 'Yes, I didn't deny that (that a contract had been offered).

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Staying put: Arsene Wenger (right) has admitted Arsenal have offered him a new contract

Staying put: Arsene Wenger (right) has admitted Arsenal have offered him a new contract

'I just said what I said at the start of the season and nothing has changed.'

Wenger continued: 'I believe that when you are manager at the club, you have to prepare for the long term always and act like you would stay forever.

'I believe that what is important is the next game.'

For Arsenal, that is the visit of a Norwich side which has lost four of their seven Barclays Premier League matches and sit in 18th place.

Wenger, though, will not take anything for granted.

Focused: Wenger is not letting contract talk get in the way of his preparation for Norwich on Saturday

Focused: Wenger is not letting contract talk get in the way of his preparation for Norwich on Saturday

He said: 'We have learned something in the last 18 months, that the Premier League has changed, that every single game is a potential danger for any team in the league and the recent results in the Premier League have confirmed that.

'Every team who is favourite today is on its toes because they know every game is a potential danger."

Arsenal's star man Mesut Ozil is expected to recover from a minor knee problem, but could start on the bench, with next week's Champions League encounter against Borussia Dortmund on the horizon.

Midfielder Santi Cazorla could be involved for the first time since the win over Tottenham on September 1 following his recovery from an ankle problem, while full-back Bacary Sagna could also be in contention after a hamstring injury.

Early return: Mesut Ozil could start on the bench for Arsenal after picking up a knock on international duty for Germany

Early return: Mesut Ozil could start on the bench for Arsenal after picking up a knock on international duty for Germany

However, England forward Theo Walcott, who has been sidelined after a minor abdominal procedure, is still two weeks away from being available.

Wenger certainly has plenty of options. He said: 'You want all of your best players to play together in a very positive way, which is what will happen.

'I am very happy with the team who has played until now, so we do not expect anything special (from the players coming back).

'What is important is that instead of focusing on one or two players, we focus on developing ourselves as a team and our team play, where there is still room for improvement. There is still the desire within the team to improve that.'

 


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Ozil is a smoke screen for the failures of the past 8 years

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Wenger is king

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That's Steve bolds top

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Why is he wearing a top with the initials SB on it?

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My personal opinion is for him not to sign until he wins something this season if he doesn't then we need a change Wenger is not Arsenal and because i feel this way most of the arsenal fans will red arrow me and say im not a true fan lolz!

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Fair enough, but who would you recommend replace him?

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Sign da ting. In Wenger we trust. Can't even imagine another manager in his place. As for the 'what has he done for us lately' brigade. The answer to that is quite a bit actually you divs.

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Who thinks arsenal will win comfortably ?

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no trophies, he will step down. and rightly so - mistified, bristol, 18/10/2013 13:42 Hmm why don't you look at what he has won with us and what he has achieved for arsenal in general as a club because without him we would be a lot worse off without him, it's easy to see the negatives isn't it. We achieved greatness with him and he will do so again you idiot

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your the idiot to think Weger can compete with the younger and cleverer managers, we have heard this for eight seasons now, you had RVP and Fabregas and won nothing, your team is no better than the past few years, when you play a few away games to the top teams start crowing then.

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daysy blue ware, ware, United Kingdom, 8 minutes ago - Our team is far better and the squad is far deeper. Of course an "idiot" like you wouldn't know that and to be honest that's probably for the best. You'll be as surprised as hell when we play your mob....

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no trophies, he will step down. and rightly so

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AW is in no rush, he is AFC through and through. Sagna however must be sorted, he's at his peak and must keep him.

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