'I want to stay' Wenger drops biggest hint yet that he'll sign new Arsenal deal

By Jim Van Wijk, Press Association

Arsene Wenger maintains he wants to stay at Arsenal - and that there should be 'no uncertainty at all' over his future.

The 64-year-old French coach will take charge of the Gunners for his 1,000th game at Chelsea on Saturday, but as yet there has been no confirmation Wenger will be staying on past the end of the season.

However, Wenger insists he is not considering moving on and that the formalities of a new deal will be announced soon.

Job to do: Wenger prepares for his 1000th game in charge of Arsenal against Chelsea

Job to do: Wenger prepares for his 1000th game in charge of Arsenal against Chelsea

Asked if he would still be at Arsenal after 1,010 matches, Wenger replied: 'I think so, yes.

'I want to do well, and the expectation level and the impatience is there.

'My commitment is full. I do not want to look somewhere else. I want to stay here. There shouldn't be any uncertainty at all.

'My desire is to stay.'

Wenger maintained he did not want speculation over his contract saga to deflect attention from Arsenal's run-in.

'It will be done soon, but I want now to focus on the end of the season,' said Wenger, whose side could narrow the gap on leaders Chelsea to just a point and are through to the semi-finals of the FA Cup.

Wenger arrived as an unheralded coach in late September 1996, and soon moved to alter the psyche of the club.

The early days: Wenger arrived at Arsenal in 1996

The early days: Wenger arrived at Arsenal in 1996

He recalled: 'I changed a few habits [of the players], which isn't easy in a team where the average age is 30 years.

'At the first match the players were chanting 'we want our Mars bars'. Then, at half-time I asked my physio Gary Lewin: 'Nobody is talking, what's wrong with them?' and he replied: 'They are hungry'.

'I hadn't given them their chocolate before the game. It was funny.'

The good times are back: Wenger has guided Arsenal into contention for the title and to the FA Cup semi-final

The good times are back: Wenger has guided Arsenal into contention for the title and to the FA Cup semi-final

Wenger played an integral role in Arsenal's move to their new 60,000-seater home at Ashburton Grove, but one which has yet to see any new trophies delivered.

The Gunners boss accepts the north London club were always set for a tough period to maintain their competitiveness, which was made more difficult given the sudden seemingly limitless funds of their rivals.

Derby delight: Mikel Arteta celebrates Arsenal's win over Spurs last week

Derby delight: Mikel Arteta celebrates Arsenal's win over Spurs last week

'We made that (stadium) decision knowing that we could suffer a bit financially, but what was happening at the same time as that decision was that Chelsea and then Manchester City made huge investments, so we had the double effect,' Wenger said.

'We were not only competing with the clubs who were at our level, but suddenly two other clubs came in. We did not expect that at that time.' 

 

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He shouldn't be given a new contract until silverware is in the cabinet.

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I agree with Jose...........

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9 years without a trophy. Wenger you're doing a fantastic job! #WengerInForLife

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NO!! It will depend whether you can win trophy or not this season. If you can't win any trophy, please leave. Don't you know, Arsenal is bigger than you, your time limit is up when you can't win anything in five years.

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Wenger can go! Any idiot could see we obviously needed a top striker at the start of this season (with a board member richer than the Chel-ski owner) but we don't want his money so we don't buy one. Wenger must have wanted to keep Bendtner as he's still on our books! Arsenal fans pay the highest prices in world football to watch our team. We are a good side but were 3rd or 4th best in the league. We obviously can't play in 12:45 kick off's we get our ass kicked every time! And finally if we think we're gonna win the league knowing our manager never ever beats Jose we must be nuts. I don't think I can take the shame of another drubbing from the teams around us in the top 4

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After todays result I hope Whinging Wenger stays for another 1000.

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Not after today you won't

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In Arsene we RUST!

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Good news for all except arsenal fans. Wenger needs to spend or go. He has the skills but his signings of strikers has cost him this season

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Lets hope he doesn't.

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