Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has deflected questions regarding his future at the club as his team prepares to take on Manchester City.
Wenger, whose contract expires at the end of the season, earlier on hinted that he intends to stay on for another two years. He has, however, failed to make an announcement on the situation with the club also silent on the issue.
The French manager was then asked if the uncertainty surrounding his future is directly responsible for the club’s poor run of performances to which he denied.
“It would be an easy excuse. Whether I stay two years or 10 years, I have exactly the same commitment and the same desire to win the next game.”
“I believe we are in a position where we do not have to find easy excuses. Our job is to perform. Can you perform despite that? To be professional is to perform on the football pitch and not look for excuses that are not really problems off the pitch.”
On the issue of the comments made Alexis Sanchez when he was on international duty with Chile, Wenger said Sanchez will stay with Arsenal because the club is the only London team worth playing for.
Sanchez, who is yet to sign a new deal with the Gunners, told South American media that he wants to play for a team with a ”winning mentality”.
He also said he is happy in London and keen to see out his Arsenal contract which expires next year, sparking speculation he will join Premier League leaders Chelsea.
Asked how he interpreted Sanchez’s comments, Wenger replied:
”In a very positive way. There’s only one team in London, so he is happy.”
”It’s true we have not extended his contract yet but I hope he will stay at the club.”
”I think you have to be cautious when people give interviews in their home countries because the interpretation is not always exactly what they wanted to say.”
Wenger added that he did not see anything negative in Sanchez’s comments wanting to win the championship which is everybody’s dream.
Arsenal is set to face fellow top 4 contenders Manchester City this weekend in what is thought to be a deciding game for either team in their Champions League ambitions.
Speaking to the press on Friday, Pep Guardiola says Arsene Wenger is just a win away from restoring his reputation with Arsenal fans.
”When he goes back to winning, the fans will be happy again. I promise you, 100 per cent.”
”The Premier League is not easy to win but I’m pretty sure the fans respect a lot what Arsene Wenger has done and is doing.”
”People should understand how difficult football is today. All the teams are more prepared.”