Wenger to decide Arsenal future in the New Year

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has revealed he will wait until the midway point of the current season to decide if he wants to remain at the Emirates Stadium or depart at the end of his contract, Sky Sports has revealed.

Wenger’s current deal expires at the end of the season and while talks over fresh terms have been held, the long-serving boss has so far been non-committal. Wenger has maintained throughout his 17 years as Arsenal manager he would not break a contract with the club, but as his contract expires, a move to Paris Saint-Germain has been mooted.

I will make a decision halfway through the season,” Wenger said. “Deep down, I have an idea what I want to do, but give me a bit of time. What interests me above all is to always meet the expectations of our fans.

I want to make our fans happy but, as well, make people who love football happy,” he continued. “In a world where you are spoiled for choice it is important that when you wake up you think: ‘Oh, Arsenal play today.’ That you have a hope to see something that is good, a moment where you are happy in your life. That’s all. It is not more complicated than that.

Wenger turns 64 on Tuesday, the same day Arsenal host Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League, and insists age will not be a determining factor in any decision he makes regarding his future. “When you say to me I am at 64, I look behind me,” Wenger said. “ Who is this guy who is 64? You never believe you are 64. When you are 50, you don’t believe you are 50. Internally you are still young, externally you become old.

I want to feel I can do well for this club. It’s as simple as that. It’s not a question of my loyalty. I can build another new team, but I haven’t got 17 years, that is for sure. At the minute I’m looking at the short term. I will make a decision about the little bit longer term later.

Wenger was appointed Arsenal manager in 1996, guiding the club to the Premier League title and FA Cup double in 1998, and winning trophies on a regular basis until their last piece of silverware, a 2005 FA Cup win over Manchester United.

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