Arsene Wenger has reacted to suggestions that the club are set to offer him a new deal by saying he’s focused on winning the game against Southampton and that the time is not right to discuss such matters.
Earlier, chief exec Ivan Gazidis, spoke about keeping the manager beyond his current contract which expires in 2014, but Arsene was quick to play it down.
At his pre-Southampton press conference, he said, “I have two years to go. What is important for me is Southampton and I think I have shown my commitment to this club in the past.
“At the moment I am not in the mood to think about the long-term future. We want to do well this season, that’s all. I am an Arsenal man. I think I have always shown that. I have to consider if I do well or not. If I don’t do well, I have to consider my future.
“I have been at the club long enough to have confidence in the people I work with, but I will assess my own performances and then make a decision, at the moment we are not there.
“Two years is a long time in my job. I just want to do well for the club as long as I can and accept all the rest. I have to consider that at my age, you always have to assess if you have the fitness, the desire, the commitment that this job demands.”
All of which makes perfect sense and it’s clearly Wenger trying to shift the focus back onto the important stuff, the football, rather than contract talks which aren’t necessary for a good while yet.