Wenger coy on future
> Gunners boss offers no gaurantees during AGM
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