Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has provided the strongest indication yet that he will sign a new contract and remain Gunners boss next season, remaining adamant that his commitment to the club should not be questioned despite the absence of fresh terms so close to the end of the campaign.
Wenger's current deal expires this summer and despite persistent claims that he's planning for the long haul Arsenal fans are still waiting to see the coach put pen to paper, after a campaign which has delivered the old faithful in fourth place and could still end with silverware by winning the FA Cup final in just under a fortnight.
Following this afternoon's 1-0 win over West Bromwich Albion the Arsenal chief was once again grilled on his future, insisting that as long as as long as he feels useful and capable of taking the team forward he will be in charge when the new campaign begins in August.
In his post-match press conference Wenger told GiveMeSport: "Don't be too impatient, my last time will come, but not yet. I will be here [next season].
"My word is my word I've told you many times, I'm from an ancestral period where you don't need a pen to commit, or show your loyalty.
"It was of course important to be in the Champions League, but its not linked to my commitment [signing a new deal], its if I feel I'm useful."
For now Arsene's attention is fixed firmly on lifting his first trophy since 2005 by beating Hull in the end-of-season Wembley showpiece on May 17th, a stance which has been strengthened by sealing fourth place with two games to spare.
Until Wenger signs on the dotted line though speculation will remain on his future, no matter how vociferous the 64-year-old is on leading Arsenal's Premier League charge again next term.
There is of course a tinge of regret surrounding Arsenal's efforts in the league this season, with 128 days spent at the top of the table ultimately rendered redundant by a poor run in 2014 when the pressure really intensified.
Wenger will still be able to claim with some justification that the campaign was successful if his side emerge victorious in the FA Cup final, but whether that occasion provides the right platform for a living Arsenal legend to go out on a high is another story.
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