Arsene Wenger spoke to Sky Sports after the 4-1 win over West Ham. He was asked about the win, and the big news of this week involving his future.
This is what he had to say.
Arsene, what did you make of that?
Our home games since the start of the season, if you look at the points, I think we are top of the ‘home league’, even if City will certainly be better than us when they have completed all their games.
We constructed patiently our win. In the first half it was difficult to find space, they closed us down well, but we kept composure and patience, and from the second half on we always looked like we could score goals because we found more space.
On top of that we showed great spirit again.
Was the 2nd goal key?
Of course. At 1-1 you could see ‘Were we wobbling or not?’, the second goal killed them, definitely. We had a spell in the second half where we should have scored two or three goals and when they equalised it was interesting to see how we would respond to that.
You said you can separate personal feelings from your job. What did you make of the warm applause.
It’s nice. You want your fans to be happy and if I can be happy sometimes, it’s good as well! Overall if you can combine both … I’m ready to suffer to make them happy but if sometimes I’m happy as well it’s not bad.
Good preparation for Thursday?
Yeah, apart from the fact we lost Elneny today. It doesn’t look good on his ankle. We didn’t have Wilshere or Ozil available today, for different reasons. So let’s see how everybody recovers.
What about all the times you said ‘I always respect my contracts’?
I do, I respect my contract today. I’m here [post match interview] and on the bench, that’s in my contract.
Have you made this decision because the board inferred they wanted to make a change, and you could take the lead?
Look, I have nothing to add to my statement, it said what I wanted to say and after that there’s not a lot to say.
Do you expect to get another coaching job?
I don’t know. At the moment my focus is, at it has always been, to this club. My loyalty is to the last day I’m here. After … we’ll see.
Could you ever return in some capacity in the future?
I don’t know, that doesn’t depend on me. I feel I create a knowledge and a history for this club. If you look at the number of Premier League games we’ve played together, the number of European and FA Cup games we’ve played together. We’ve build a history, a solid foundation on the structural front.
If you look at what it was when I arrived and what it is today, I think we’ve gone a good way together.
Are you sad?
Now at the moment I’m happy we won the game. For the rest let’s continue to separate my feelings from the result of the team.