Arsene Wenger continues to play cat and mouse with the media on the subject of his future revealing he already knows whether or not he’ll pen a new contract at Arsenal.
Refusing to confirm reports that he has agreed a three-year extension at the club he has managed since 1996 the boss toyed with assembled media at his pre-Fulham press conference by leaving his comments open to interpretation.
“There is always a point where you have to decide, of course,” he said.
“There is a point where you have to decide and there is a point where you have to make your decision public. You can take that sentence the way you want it!”
With Wenger happy to confirm that progress was being made in negotiations with defensive duo Bacary Sagna and Per Mertesacker he also playfully confirmed that any new recruits would be kept in the loop about his own circumstances.
“I will talk to them, don’t worry,” he added.
The boss also took the time to reflect on comments made by Chief Commercial Officer Tom Fox who stated on Thursday that Arsenal remain unable to compete in the transfer market with the likes of Manchester City and Chelsea.
“In terms of their resources no [we can’t compete] because they have unlimited resources, but with our resources available, we are ready to fight,” he said.
Making clear that competing on the pitch and in the transfer window are separate issues, he continued: “The reality is that on Saturday afternoon at 3pm, that is when you can perform and when we have an opportunity to convince people that we are serious about what we want to achieve.”
“For me, it has always been tough. So that is nothing new,” he said. “It is maybe a bit tighter and you have more teams who fight for the title.
“Every team after the previous season analyses that season and tries to improve. The financial resources available are very strong in England for most of the teams and that explains why it is tighter.”