Arsene Wenger says he’s in no rush to sort out his new contract, suggesting his future depends on the success of the team this season.
Earlier in the summer Ivan Gazidis suggested contract talks between the club and the manager were ongoing, but speaking yesterday Wenger said, “There’s no need to plan. We are in no hurry. We are in September and my contract finishes in June. There’s a long way to go.
“I’ve said many times I want to do well with this club and in the end I will sit down and think how well have I done with the team I have had.
“That has to be sufficient for me to decide yes or no. One of the main judgments you can have about a manager is how well he does with his team.”
If it suggests a self-awareness about the pressure he’s been under, or that he might fancy one final fling at another club remains to be seen. But despite difficulties and frustrations, his presence was crucial in the signing of Mesut Ozil, something the German reiterated yesterday.
“I am really happy to be here under such a great manager,” the former Real Madrid man said.
“That was the most important, what he thinks about me, what his plans are with me, and I decided to come to Arsenal because I have the trust. I would have come here without a fee, that wouldn’t have been a problem.
“I want to play offensive and good football, we want to keep clean sheets, to play attractive football but also successful football.”