Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger says he is committed to signing a new contract at Emirates Stadium, but only if he feels he is performing the best role he can for the Gunners.
The wily French coach has been in charge of the north London outfit since 1996, and has become the most successful manager in Arsenal history.
The Wenger era has been characterised in two periods – the first half of his reign was filled with trophy after trophy, and the second rather less so as he helped the Gunners move from Highbury to their new ground at Ashburton Grove.
This season brought about Arsenal’s first Premier League title challenge in years, with the financial restraints surrounding Wenger finally lifted, and the club made waves in the transfer market with the record signing of Mesut Ozil from Real Madrid.
Still, the way the Gunners have recently fallen away from the top of the Premier League, going six points behind Chelsea after heavy losses to both the Blues and Liverpool, and Arsene Wenger’s future remains unclear – thanks.
“I told you many times my commitment is not questionable and I have given my word. I always respect my word – it’s as simple as that. I have given my word. My word is my word,” said Wenger.
Wenger was then asked if that meant he would definitely stay with Arsenal, and responded: “Yes… unless I decide otherwise.
“I have told you many times we have had no time to sit down and do it. Nothing, not going anywhere, don’t worry for that.
“But I want to have a feeling coming out of the season that that I have done the maximum for the club.”
That caveat could prove significant for the Gunners.