Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has confirmed that he intends to stay at Arsenal for the forseeable future rather than moving back to his native France with Paris Saint-Germain, reports The
The Gunners boss, 63, has revealed that he has already held positive contract talks with the Arsenal board, and will stay as his heart remains with the north Londoners.
“I am committed to staying longer at this club,” said Wenger. “I’ve already had a chat with Ivan [Gazidis, the chief executive]. It went very well. The link with PSG is there because I’m French and I know the owners. But if that was the case then I would be there already. My heart is with Arsenal. I’m not at PSG because my heart is with Arsenal.
“What I will always do in the future is not to use my longevity as an advantage to stay in this position if I don’t do well,” he continued.
With previous reports that Gazidis and co. wanted Wenger to remain for at least another three years, that deal is likely to see the now longest-serving Premier League manager’s stay at Arsenal officially extend to 20 years, having taken over from Bruce Rioch when the latter was dismissed in August 1996.
Arsenal won their first Premier League title a little over 18 months later, capturing the 1997-98 Premier League title to become only the third club to win the competition after rivals Man United and Blackburn Rovers, and only Chelsea and Man City have gone on to add to that list since.
League titles in 2001-02 and 2003-04 soon followed, the latter of which saw the Gunners set a record as the only team to go an entire Premier League season unbeaten. Wenger has guided Arsenal to 11 trophies during his time in charge, including four FA Cups and four Community Shield titles.
The club are currently experiencing an eight-year void in their silverware cabinet, leading to speculation earlier this year that Wenger may move on this summer. However, the Frenchman remains keen to set the record straight and capture more trophies during his stay in north London, though he admits that he must still earn his place at the Emirates helm.
He said: “I don’t automatically assume that I will be here. I hope in the next two or three years the club will be competing for the Premier League.”
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