Arsene Wenger responds to speculation on 2 year contract extension
Arsene Wenger denied media reports in the Times this morning that he is set to be offered a new 2 year contract extension by Arsenal.
Speaking this morning at his press conference ahead of the final Premier League match of the season against Aston Villa on Sunday, Wenger said.
“It is completely wrong. I don’t know where this comes from.
You can treat that as an invention.
It is absolutely false.
They could have checked with the club and it would have been denied.
I think about the next game. I have full commitment for as long as I am under contract.”
When pressed on his future, Wenger added.
“The focus is to respect my contract.
I have extended my contract at a period where it was vital for the club.
I will see where I am personally and where the club stands.”
On team news for the Villa match Wenger confirmed that Mesut Ozil is fit to return to the squad on Sunday after missing the draw at Manchester City last weekend with a hip injury.
On whether Jack Wilshere will start, Wenger said.
“He can start. He played 75 minutes against Man City.
I haven’t decided yet but there is no reason why he shouldn’t be considered.
Let’s hope until the start of the Euros it goes well for him.”
Asked whether securing a top three finish will be considered a success this season, Wenger said.
“It was a strange season and we finish disappointed.
We had a chance to win the title and we are frustrated. It is a missed opportunity.
Leicester had consistent results and everybody else had ups and downs.
We want to finish as high as possible and in front of Spurs.
Ideally, we want to get in front of them.”
When asked whether not strengthening the squad in January had been a mistake, Wenger added.
“I look at myself and what I could have done.
Which decisions did I not get right?
Welbeck was out for a long time, Cazorla was out for five months, Coquelin out for four months.
Elneny and Iwobi have done well but you don’t find players available in January – who could have strengthened.”