Hill-Wood has no idea if Wenger will sign new Arsenal contract

Last updated at 09:44 27 June 2007


Arsenal chairman Peter Hill-Wood has admitted he has no idea whether Arsene Wenger will sign a new contract.

The French coach's Emirates Stadium deal runs out next summer and former skipper Thierry Henry cited the manager's inability to commit his long-term future to the club as major factor in his decision to join Barcelona.

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Peter Hill-Wood

Wenger, who has won three Premiership crowns and four FA Cups in his 11 years in charge, is still hugely upset at the forced departure of his key ally on the board, former vice-chairman David Dein.

Henry's parting words cast serious doubt on the future of the Gunners' most successful manager.

And Hill-Wood has admitted the board had failed to get guarantees from Wenger over his intentions.

The chairman told the Daily Mirror: "I am really hopeful Arsene will extend, but at this moment I am only in a position of hoping.

"I've no reason to think he won't - but at the same time I have no reason to believe he will say yes.

"We would like to see him sign a new contract and have made no secret about that. But we have not talked any details with him or the board.

"We will wait and see what he wants to do. Thenwe can sit down and discuss things if he is positive about it. I am very relaxed. We are in good shape."

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