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Arsene Wenger ready to extend Arsenal stay

Wenger wants to stay with the Gunners (©GettyImages)
Wenger wants to stay with the Gunners (©GettyImages).

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has revealed that he wants to stay at the club beyond the 2013/14 season, despite ongoing speculation linking him with a move to French side Paris Saint-Germain.

Wenger, who is now the longest serving manager in English football, has entered his final year of his current contract, but he has revealed that he has already held talks with chief executive Ivan Gazidis about a possible extension.

The Frenchman has received a lot of stick from the footballing world this season and it was even speculated that he could be sacked from his current position, but despite the poor season, the Arsenal officials have made it clear that they believe Wenger is still the right man for the Gunners.

All season Arsene Wenger has been linked with a move away from the Emirates in order to take over from Carlo Ancelotti at Paris Saint-Germain, but after turning down their approach, the mega-rich side eventually appointed Laurent Blanc on a one-year deal.

It is believed that PSG only offered Blanc a one-year contract as they still believe they could sign Wenger next season once his current contract expires.

However, the Arsenal boss has revealed that he is in talks with the club over a contract extension and he has also rubbished the reports linking him with a move to PSG.

"I am committed to staying longer at this club. I've already had a chat with Ivan. It went very well, not a problem," Wenger said.

"The link with PSG is there because I'm French and I know the owners. But if that was the case then I would be there already. I'm not at PSG because my heart is with Arsenal."

The Frenchman also revealed that the club will be entering the transfer market eventually as they are in a strong position financially.

When asked about potential transfers, including Wayne Rooney and Gonzalo Higuain, Wenger confirmed that they may not be realistic.

"They are all realistic targets quality-wise, but not all of them are available to join us," Wenger added.

"We have better financial resources than the years before and it is resources we have created ourselves. That is massively important to us.

"For years we were out of the race for the top-level transfers but we are coming back now because we are in a better financial situation and also because of Financial Fair Play."

 

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