Arsene Wenger insists he has no intention of leaving Arsenal before the end of his current deal, thereby dismissing suggestions he could be lured back to France by Paris Saint Germain in the near future.
The French coach has three years left on his contract at the Emirates and despite hinting last year that a boardroom role at the Parc des Princes could be attractive, made clear that he would, as always, honour his commitment to the Gunners.
Speaking to the media ahead of tonight’s Champions League clash with Marseille, Wenger laid out his intentions to stay in North London until at least 2014, while insisting that his relationship Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani, the Emir of Qatar and owner of PSG had involved nothing more than the sharing of advice.
“I have three years to go with Arsenal and I always respect my contract,” said the 61-year-old.
“I have known Al Kalifa and Al Jazeera [the TV station] for a long time and I advised them at some stage when they wanted to go into football, buying television rights and things like that.”
While many lesser men may have been crushed by the weight of pressure heaped on him over the last few months, or indeed heaped on himself, Wenger also stressed that dealing with adversity was part-and-parcel of succeeding as a top level manager.
“A career in management prepares you to fight against adversity. That is for sure.
“When a young manager asks me for advice all you can say is ‘survive disappointments’ because that’s all you can say. You cannot imagine a career of any manager without disappointment. At the end of the day, it is that.
“It makes you stronger or you get out of the job. It is as simple as that. What helps you is that you believe in your passion and mental strength.”