Wenger: My desire is to stay


Arsene Wenger has reaffirmed his desire to stay at Arsenal revealing he plans to put pen-to-paper on a new contract at the end of the season.

While the club have been keen to stress that negotiations over an extension have been smooth, the lack of official confirmation has led to suggestions the Frenchman could leave when his current deal expires in the summer.

Easing those worries, Wenger told press yesterday that he’s not looking for a different challenge and that his commitment to the Gunners remains total.

“It will be done soon,” said the 64-year-old of a new contract. “But I want now to focus on the end of the season.”

“I want to do well. And the expectation level and the impatience is there. My commitment is full.

“I do not want to look somewhere else. I want to stay here. There shouldn’t be any uncertainty at all. My desire is to stay. It will be done soon but I want now to focus on the end of the season.”

Wenger also took the time to speak about the praise directed at him by Sir Alex Ferguson who hailed his old adversary’s ‘energy and desire’ on the eve of his 1000th game in charge at Arsenal.

“Yes of course [that means a lot] because he knows how difficult it is. We are in a job where you have to win. But the truth is that the ambition of every great club must be to win and to win with style, and to think of the people who pay a lot of money to come to watch the matches.

“You always have to have it in your mind that you want people to wake up in the morning with a love of going to the stadium and for them to go home having enjoyed themselves.

“In fact, the real goal of professional football entails not just winning but also enabling people to discover the pleasure of watching something beautiful.”

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