Wenger: I will see out my fi­nal year at Arse­nal

The Pak Banker - - MARKETS/SPORTS -

Arsene Wenger has at­tempted to end any doubt about his short-term fu­ture by guar­an­tee­ing that he will still lead Arse­nal into the fi­nal year of his con­tract.

A dread­ful se­quence of re­sults in Fe­bru­ary and March had prompted un­rest at the Emi­rates and a grow­ing sec­tion of sup­port­ers to call for change even be­fore Wenger's deal ex­pires at the end of next sea­son. Wenger, though, has al­ways re­tained the sup­port of ma­jor­ity share­holder Stan Kroenke and is de­ter­mined to stay for at least one more sea­son.

His longer term fu­ture will be re­viewed next year but, should Arse­nal not main­tain a Premier League ti­tle chal­lenge this sea­son or next, it ap­pears un­likely that Wenger would want to go on.

Asked if he would be Arse­nal man­ager next sea­son, Wenger said: "I have no doubt be­cause I am com­mit­ted. When I do some­thing, I do it 100 per cent. I be­lieve in life you should fo­cus on what you're ap­pointed for and I'm ap­pointed to per­form and do the best for my club. That's all I fo­cus on."

Arse­nal are third in the Premier League but a se­quence of only one win in eight games has left them 11 points be­hind lead­ers Le­ices­ter City and out of both the Cham­pi­ons League and FA Cup. They do, how­ever, still have a game in hand and Wenger re­mains cer­tain that, with eight league games re­main­ing, it is still fea­si­ble to mount a come­back.

He was es­pe­cially hurt, then, that some sup­port­ers turned at a mo­ment in the sea­son when they were still in con­tention. "I think that the crit­i­cism dur­ing the sea­son is not very wel­come when you fight for the cham­pi­onship, es­pe­cially af­ter the game against Tot­ten­ham where we were a bit un­lucky," he said.

"You have to live with that. I have my con­science," he said. At the other end of the ta­ble, Sam Al­lardyce (left) will stay on as Sun­der­land man­ager even if they are rel­e­gated, de­spite fears that he would quit.

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