Arsene Wenger says that his future will be at Arsenal unless he decides not to renew his contract when it expires in June.
We know that Ivan Gazidis has already gone on record to say he expects the Frenchman to sign a new deal, but Wenger has given his strongest hint yet that his tenure at the club is dependent on the outcome of the FA Cup this season.
While admitting that he’d told the club he’ll sign a new contract, the manager knows that failure to win the cup will make his position more or less untenable, and he said today, “I have given my word and I always respect my word. My word is my word.
“So will I definitely stay? Yes …unless I decide otherwise. I’m not going anywhere, don’t worry about that, but I want to have a feeling coming out of the season that I have done the maximum for the club.
“I have told you many times we have had no time to sit down and do it.”
With Wigan, Sheffield United and Hull City the remaining teams in the cup, it could hardly be considered doing the maximum if we failed to the lift the trophy from here, and there’s little doubt at this point that he’s waiting until the season ends before signing … or not.
And with the situation at Manchester United in the news on a daily basis, Arsene said he’d have no input into his successor, whenever that time comes.
Asked if he would be part of that process, he said, “No.. I always said, and you can check that, everybody has his job. My job is to do well for the team, not to do anything else.”