Arsene Wenger will keep Arsenal sweating over his future by not agreeing to sign a new contract until the end of the season, reports The Daily Telegraph.
The Arsenal manager will take charge of his 1000th game for the Gunners against Chelsea on Saturday and was expected to sign a new deal in the coming weeks.
Wenger is entering the last three months of his current Arsenal contract and will be free to leave the Emirates for any other club should he decide to call it a day. His loyalty thus far has been unwavering and officials at the club are still confident he will decide to extend his deal by three years.
However, the Frenchman has put contract talks on ice until the end of the season as he doesn't want his own contract discussions to interfere with Arsenal's title challenge or FA Cup campaign.
Arsenal are heavy favourites to win the FA Cup, which would be their first major trophy for nine years. Their win against Tottenham at White Hart Lane also threw them back into the title race.
But there is a strong feeling that despite losing three cup finals since 2006, failure to win a trophy this term would represent the biggest disappointment for Wenger during his 18-year reign at the club.
Wenger has always insisted that he would step down as Arsenal manager if he feels like he has underperformed and/or lost significant amounts of support from the club's fan base.
If he decides to leave, Wenger will have no shortage of suitors and would likely see some major clubs getting rid of their current managers to make room. Paris Saint-Germain have been linked with an interest whereas Barcelona are likely to be hunting a new manager for next season.
However, as previously mentioned, the board remain confident that Wenger will agree an extension and the Frenchman is believed to be keen to lead Arsenal into a new era of success.
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