Wenger stalls contract discussions as he ponders his Arsenal futurePublished December 24, 2016
Arsene Wenger will make a decision over his Arsenal future in spring, as he contemplates whether to extend his current deal beyond the summer.
Two decades into his topsy-turvy reign in north London, the Frenchman’s contract expires at the end of the season, sparking speculation over his future.
But with the Gunners in the midst of a gruelling schedule that could make or break their title challenge, Wenger has revealed that he will not discuss his situation with Arsenal chiefs until spring at the earliest.
Asked about his future in his press-conference before Boxing Day’s clash against West Brom, he said: “Yes. I always said that I will judge where I stand in spring and make my decisions then.
“And the club is free as well. It’s not because I am here a long time that I have any rights. We are both in the same boat.”
All the uncertainty around Wenger's future isn't helping Arsenal.— Carl Bövis ? (@CarlBovis_AFC) December 23, 2016
The sooner he signs a new contract the better. #AFC
There has been talk that the uncertainty over the 67-year-old’s position could have a negative affect on performances on the pitch, however, Wenger poured cold water over the suggestion in his preview of the West Brom match.
“No. I don’t think so,” he added. “There are plenty of managers who arrived at the end of their contract. It happened to me before.
“I signed sometimes in March, April for longer contracts. So I don’t think it’s a problem.
“I have worked everywhere I have been until the last day of my contract with total commitment. That’s why maybe I can go back everywhere I was, because people respect that.”