Arsene Wenger continues to dodge questions over Arsenal future

25 April 2017 02:39

Arsene Wenger has once again shrugged off questions about his future at Arsenal.

The 67-year-old Frenchman, whose contract is up at the end of the season, guided the Gunners to the FA Cup final with Sunday's Wembley win over Manchester City.

That victory may have eased some of the pressure on Wenger from disgruntled fans, but the Emirates boss remained tight-lipped on whether he plans to stay when quizzed on Tuesday morning.

Asked if there was any news, he simply replied "No, no", and repeated the response when pressed on whether he had any idea when an announcement will be made.

And as for whether any decision would be based around how Arsenal perform over the final few weeks of the season, the answer once again was "no".

Nevertheless, Wenger did reveal he is already working on the club's transfer targets for next season - although he insisted there was no clue to be had from that.

"I work until the last day of the season for the future," he said.

"Transfer targets are important for the future of the club. That (my future) is secondary, the future of the club is important."

The Gunners host Leicester on Wednesday evening knowing a victory would move them back up to sixth, three points behind Manchester United and four behind Manchester City, who play each other on Thursday.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain could be involved against the Foxes despite leaving Wembley on crutches.

The midfielder took a kick on his foot against City and will be assessed before Wenger names his squad.

"It was precautionary," he added. "It is not a bad injury and we will test him today. Nobody was really injured after the game.

"Overall that win will give us a bit more confidence, I think it will convince everybody that with the right energy level, the right fighting spirit and the right togetherness we can beat everybody.

"For morale, yes for sure, for confidence as well. Big games give you the confidence that you can win and that is the most important thing in our job."

Wenger admits Arsenal are likely to have to win all of their remaining games to stand a chance of breaking back into the top four.

"It looks like we will, that has to be the target and to achieve that we have to win the next one," he said.

"We have to take the energy level we showed on Sunday into the Premier League."

Wenger also revealed that, contrary to reports, there had been no approach from Marseille for striker Olivier Giroud, adding that the club want to keep him.

Source: PA


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