Arsene Wenger says he remains fully committed to Arsenal despite earlier reports suggesting he was considering his future at the club.
Speaking after Arsenal’s 2-1 win over Norwich, Wenger said, “I am completely committed to this club. It is the club of my life. It was a conversation where I said that if you don’t do well enough, that is the only way I would consider it [leaving] – if I am below what is expected of the club.”
In an interview with L’Equipe this morning Wenger spoke about leaving good foundations for his successor and when asked if he’d be in charge next season he said, “We’ll look at things at the end of this one.”
Perhaps something was lost in translation, and the comments certainly seemed out of character for a man who has always respected his contracts, but in the context he’s just given them they do make a bit more sense.
I suspect, however, this is a topic that will need further clarification. However, while Arsenal keep winning games it remains less of an issue than it might otherwise be.
Meanwhile, the boss has hailed captain and goalscoring hero Robin van Persie after his two goals against Norwich. Speaking to the BBC he said, “I must say he’s absolutely exceptional, world class, but because we have a very attacking style we create many chances. He’s a fanastic finisher, but also Walcott and Gervinho created many chances. He’s at the end of it but as well you would like to give some credit to the two wingers today.”
OptaJoe says: Robin Van Persie is the 5th player in PL history to score 30+ goals in a calendar year (Shearer x2, Henry, Ferdinand, Van Nistelrooy). He has scored or assisted 38 of Arsenal’s 58 Premier League goals in 2011.