Wenger to assess future at end of season

Updated: 19 November 2011 20:54 IST

Arsene Wenger said on Saturday he will assess his future at Arsenal at the end of the season but the Gunners manager added the difficult start to the season has made him more determined than ever to fight for the club.

Wenger to assess future at end of season
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Arsene Wenger said on Saturday he will assess his future at Arsenal at the end of the season but the Gunners manager added the difficult start to the season has made him more determined than ever to fight for the club.

The 62-year-old Frenchman - who is in his 15th season at the club - told L'Equipe magazine that while also his term at the club was coming to an end he would leave his successor with good foundations to build on.

However, while he has come under more pressure than ever this season after what was seen as panic buying at the end of the transfer window, the exits of stars Cesc Fabregas and Samir Nasri, and a poor start including a record 8-2 hammering by Manchester United Wenger is resolved to rebuild both the side and its fortunes.

"I will look at how things are at the end of the season," said Wenger, who is seeking to land his first trophy since the 2005 FA Cup.

"After that there are still two years on my contract."

Wenger - who praised the courage of Arsenal for hiring a relatively unknown Frenchman from Japanese side Nagoya Grampus Eight back in 1996 - said that though his name had been linked with Qatar-owned French side Paris Saint Germain he had nothing to say on the matter.

"I am totally involved with what is going on at Arsenal," he said.

"I have not even thought about leaving the club.

"And the problems at the beginning of the season have only made me more determined to battle even harder."

Wenger, who has won three Premier League titles and four FA Cups including two domestic doubles in 1998 and 2002, said that although he was keen to rebuild the side he was not going to be there in the long term.

"As concerns me then it is clear we are talking about the short term," he said.

"But whether with me or with someone else that doesn't change anything.

"It is imperative that whoever comes after me has the bases from which to succeed."

Wenger, who had a modest playing career winning one league title with Strasbourg, said that in a bizarre way the poor start to the season had been of benefit.

"I think paradoxically that our poor start has lowered the pressure," he said.

"People were commenting 'Arsenal are going to be battling against relegation, they won't do anything'.

"That is why our win over Chelsea (a 5-3 victory on October 29) was so eyecatching.

"No one thought we were capable of that.

"We had only won by the narrowest of margins in our previous victories that this was a real thunderbolt on the English football landscape."

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