Wenger coy on fu­ture

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The Sun (Malaysia) - - SPORTS -

ARSENE WENGER has of­fered share­hold­ers no guar­an­tees on his fu­ture as he ex­pressed his short term goals of Premier League glory.

The French­man is out of con­tract at the end of the sea­son af­ter 20 years as Ar­se­nal boss but said noth­ing at his club’s AGM that will con­vince sup­port­ers he wants to stay.

There are no plans to open talks with Wenger ei­ther who is fo­cused on achiev­ing 82-86 points he feels he needs for the ti­tle.

“The team has the com­mit­ment, to­geth­er­ness, de­sire, hunger and we have a good chance to com­pete for the Premier League,” he said.

“We have a squad for the first time that is more ma­ture and bet­ter equipped to face the chal­lenge.

“I’m ab­so­lutely com­pletely com­mit­ted to that and en­sure we are suc­cess­ful un­til the end of the sea­son.

“I’ve tried to serve for 20 years with sin­cere and com­plete com­mit­ment with in­tegrity, loy­alty and of course com­pe­tence.

“I’m sorry if I made you suf­fer. Sorry to the boy born 20 years ago who will only have seen one man­ager but over the next 20 years he will see sev­eral.

“Af­ter nine games the first trend is set, it will be de­cided be­tween 82 and 86 points.

“We have to be re­ally fo­cused on de­tails, keep­ing the en­ergy in­side our club and at the top of ev­ery game. Ev­ery sin­gle de­tail can get you points.”

Wenger’s fo­cus is ev­i­dent with chair­man Sir Chips Keswick con­firm­ing the sub­ject of the 67-yearold is not for dis­cus­sion at the mo­ment.

“We all recog­nise the fan­tas­tic con­tri­bu­tion Arsene has made,” he said.

“He con­tin­ues to have huge en­ergy, pas­sion and de­sire and we are con­fi­dent in his abil­ity to take us for­ward.

“At an ap­pro­pri­ate time, we will sit down with him and dis­cuss the fu­ture but our cur­rent fo­cus is main­tain­ing the run and com­pet­ing for tro­phies.”

Ma­jor­ity share­holder Stan Kroenke claimed Wenger was one of the ma­jor rea­sons he bought Ar­se­nal as he pre­sented a plaque to com­mem­o­rate 20 years in charge.

“No-one has rep­re­sented us bet­ter than Arsene (Wenger),” he said.

“Arsene you’ve al­ways shown com­mit­ment, ded­i­ca­tion and en­ergy and you brought a new style to English foot­ball and our club.

“We have a great club and are very ex­cited about this sea­son. We know we will com­pete for tro­phies and al­ways have and would like noth­ing bet­ter than to see you win the cham­pi­onship this year.” – The In­de­pen­dent

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