Hill-Wood: Wenger will stay

10 August 2007 01:03
Arsenal chairman Peter Hill-Wood remains confident that manager Arsene Wenger will commit his long-term future to the club, with his current contract ending in a year's time. Doubts have begun to surface about Wenger's stay with the Gunners, following the summer exit of star striker, Thierry Henry, to Barcelona. However, Hill-Wood told the club's official website: "Arsene Wenger is the man behind that style and, at the moment, his new contract is often being talked about. "But I don't see any problems with the situation and I think it will be agreed in the not too distant future. "I'm sure he's happy here and he's building a great team which is exciting for everyone. It's a young team, but actually now an experienced young team who've played a couple of seasons for us and I think they will give a very good account of themselves this term." Meanwhile, Wenger has confirmed that midfielder Gilberto Silva will be sidelined for several weeks as he recovers from a busy summer at the Copa America with Brazil. "Gilberto is not ready," Wenger added. "We have a three-week plan to build him up again. "It will take two or three weeks to get him ready. If you don't do that he will suffer during the rest of the season."

Source: ESA