Wenger Says Arsenal Contract Can Wait

Wenger Says Arsenal Contract Can Wait

Arsene Wenger has said that he is not currently talking to Arsenal about renewing his contract stating he will wait to see how well the club performs this season before opening talks.

 

The Daily Mail reports that despite talks that the Arsenal board are prepared to offer the Frenchman a new deal, Wenger will wait for the season to develop.

 

With his contract set to run out in June 2014 speculation has begun to mount as to whether he will leave the club after an 18-year spell if they don’t find themselves winning at least on piece of silverware this season.

 

Wenger will face more pressure than ever having not won a trophy since the FA Cup in 2005 and the big money signing of Mesut Ozil from Real Madrid has increased expectations.

 

Speaking at a press conference ahead of Arsenal’s trip to Sunderland on Saturday, Wenger revealed that no talks had taken place.

 

“There are no new talks planned. At the end I will decide how well I've done for this club. You judge a manager on how well he does with the team,” said Wenger. 

 

“We are not in hurry. We are in September my contract expires in June. There's a long way to go.”

 

He also said that Ozil was not a certain starter against Sunderland.

 

“Ozil is at a good age, he is already a great player. There is room for him to become dominant and step up.

 

“I haven’t decided whether he will play against Sunderland.”

 

Wenger played down the ease in which he supposedly signed Ozil and admits he was surprised Real Madrid let the midfielder leave.

 

“I wouldn’t say [signing Ozil] was easy. It was very complicated because the timing was short. On Sunday, just before the Tottenham game, I thought we had managed to do it. We were 90 per cent there.

 

“What’s important for us is to find world class players and there aren’t many around.

 

“Honestly, I think it was linked with the Bale transfer. I don’t know why Madrid sold him - was it financial reasons? Was it because they had to let somebody go? I was surprised, yes.

 

“Of course [it’s a statement]. We had to go through some years with restricted financial potential and the target was to stay in the CL during this period. We were able to do it and now we are strong financially."