Wenger: I must deliver

Last updated at 13:07 08 September 2007

Arsene Wenger is happiest when he is out on the Arsenal training ground with

his squad, and has no thoughts of moving upstairs into the corridors of power at

Emirates Stadium just yet.

The French coach, 57, has agreed a new, three-year deal with the Gunners,

ending speculation he would leave the club when his old contract expires next


Arsene Wenger

Although there would perhaps be no better candidate for director of football

somewhere down the line, for now Wenger remains fully focussed on the job in

hand of moulding the current group of Arsenal players into the best around once


"You adapt to your potential of the moment. At the moment I feel deeply

unhappy to sit in an office," he said.

"I live from grass, you know, and I am happy when I am on grass. So as long as

I can do that, I will do that."

Wenger has little more to prove, perhaps only to himself, following a reign of

unprecedented success since arriving at Highbury in September 1996.

The European Cup is the only major trophy Arsenal have not lifted under his

tenure, coming so close against Barcelona in Paris 15 months ago.

The Frenchman, though, knows his men must find consistency if they are to close

what is a significant gap on Manchester United and Chelsea.

The signs are positive, following an impressive opening to the new campaign

which has seen qualification for the lucrative group stages of the Champions

League and also three wins from four in the Premier League to sit in second


"I must say that it is a great pleasure to work with this team because we

share the same hunger and desire to do well. I am confident we can," said


"We have great belief, we trust each other and so it is a good basis.

"I have enough belief in their quality but, of course, it is only the start of

the season.

"It is better to have a good start than no start at all."

Wenger has always set himself and his squad such high standards, acutely aware

of the need to avoid looking back and reflecting on what might have been.

That burning desire to succeed at the very highest level year upon year shows

no sign of diminishing from the French coach's psyche.

"Motivation has never been a problem because I feel I love to win and I hate

to lose," said Wenger.

"That is just enough to keep the motivation very high.

"Every defeat in a career of somebody who wants to win is a really, really big

bang in your head. That will last as long as I live.

"Of course, you do not always have the strengths to do that and achieve that -

but that kind of motivation is stable within myself.

"When I have achieved something I forget about it and just focus on the future

and how much I can do better. That is part of my personality."

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