‘Relaxed’ Wenger plays down contract talk. Again.

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Arsene Wenger insists he’s relaxed about the prospect of signing a new contract at Arsenal but again stressed that it’s not a decision he’ll commit to just because the option to extend is on the table.

The manager’s current deal runs out in the summer and while Ivan Gazidis and Stan Kroenke have both backed the Frenchman to extend his 17 year tenure in North London the 64-year-old has repeatedly played down suggestions he’s close to putting pen-to-paper.

Quizzed on the subject for the umpteenth time at his pre-Cardiff City press conference, Wenger responded to suggestions he might commit before Christmas.

“Why? Do you treat that as a present? The fans don’t need to question my commitment to this Club. I just want do well and focus on that.

“I want to make sure I am doing the best for this club… I am relaxed about the situation.”

Currently top of the Premier League and Group F in the Champions League and having spent a big wad of cash on Mesut Ozil at the tail end of the season it’s fair to say the dissenting voices (let’s not be revisionist, at times the frustration got to everyone) who wanted #wengerout have been silenced over the course of the last few months.

On paper it would be the perfect time for Wenger to sign a new deal, but you sense the boss is challenging himself after years of having his reputation questioned. It’s obvious how much he wants to get back to winning ways and if anything he seems to be using the prospect of a new contract as a motivational carrot for the rest of the season.

(Press conference quotes courtesy of The Evening Standard’s @JamesOlley and @Arsenal

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