Wenger refusing to sign new Arsenal contract extension immediately, makes contradictory comments

Arsene Wenger has refused to confirm that he will extend his contact at Arsenal, but has urged his players to remain professional regardless.

The French coach is under contact at the Emirates Stadium until the end of the 2016-17 season, and while he has indicated that he will honour this current deal, he has admitted that there is uncertainty about his longer-term future.

The veteran manager has had to contend with unrest on the terraces this season, as his Gunners side have failed to make the most of underachievement on the part of Chelsea, Manchester United and Manchester City, and appears to have decided to wait until things develop before deciding whether to extent his spell in North London.

“I will wait very late, yes,” Wenger began, speaking to journalists as per Sky Sports, when asked about whether he would bide his time before signing a new deal.

“It’s not about me, it’s about the club. My role is just to serve the club as well as I can and after see where I stand and where the club is,” he continued.

“I have to forget about myself even if people who want to create unrest don’t. I will continue to give my absolute best to do well next season and then after that, we’ll see.”

Somewhat contradictory, while Wenger himself has refused to commit his long-term future to the club, he has revealed that he expects his players to be committed regardless of any impasse concerning the managerial post.

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“I believe I am a professional man who respects his contract and stays until the end, whether it is one year or two years or three years – that doesn’t change,” he continued.

“Even if I decide in January that I will not extend my contract, that will not affect my attitude.

“You know you have not, before the season starts already, to look for excuses. We want to be committed,” Wenger added.

“It can (affect the players) yes. But the players are like me – they are professional.”

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The Gunners are third heading into the final day of the season, and currently sit two points behind fierce rivals Tottenham Hotspur with an inferior goal difference.

Should Spurs lose at already relegated Newcastle United, Arsenal would need to defeat bottom club Aston Villa at home in order to take second.

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