Arsene Wenger drops new contract hint

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The current longest serving manager in the Premier League, Arsene Wenger, has hinted that he is ready to prolong his stay at Arsenal by signing a new contract.

Wenger's existing contract at The Emirates Stadium is due to run out at the end of this season and there had been some debate as to whether the 64-year-old would commit to a new deal. 

After a period of great success with Arsenal in winning three League titles and four FA Cups, the former Monaco boss has found things tougher recently. It's been eight years since the club won a major competition.

However, with his side perched at the top of the Premier League table, the French manager could elect extend his 18-year stay with the Gunners.

More money was made available in the summer for transfers and Wenger managed to bring in the marquee signing of Mesut Ozil, who has revitalized the team who have also made it to the knockout phase of the Champions League.  

Ahead of his side's encounter with struggling fellow Londoners Fulham, Wenger said: “There is always a point where you have to decide, of course. There is a point where you have to decide and there is a point where you have to make your decision public."

“What I said (at the start of the season) is I can deliver the quality, because people were questioning that. I said: 'OK, I can listen to that and I want to make sure I can deliver.’ My commitment has never been a problem." Wenger continued.

“We have gone from a club who looked like they didn’t have the ambition to be capable to fight. What has changed, with bringing players in like Özil and not losing our players, is that suddenly people believe again and that we can fight.

“We are in a strong position that people, the fans, want you to be capable to compete and fight for the top.”

The Gunners are in form as they prepare to host the Cottagers; they have won eight of their last ten matches. However, Manchester City and Chelsea are within two points of Wenger's side in the standings so they will need a win to remain top for another week.

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