Arsene Wenger’s future at Arsenal has been the subject of debate lately due to the Gunners’ poor form, but the Frenchman insisted that he intends to honour his current contract, which runs until 2017.
With Arsenal likely to end the season without any major trophies, the calls for Wenger to be replaced have grown a little stronger over the past few weeks. However, the Gunners’ manager himself refuted the exit rumours, saying that he will be at the club next season.
“We have values here and we respect our values,” Wenger was quoted as saying in the Daily Mirror. “One of the values is that we respect our contracts. I’ve been here for 19 years and I’ve always done that.”
The Gunners were expected to put up a strong fight for the title this season, but have faded away yet again, falling 11 points behind league leaders Leicester City. The Frenchman remained upbeat about his team’s chances this season, however, saying that Arsenal will be waiting to capitalise if Leicester City and Tottenham slip up late in the season.
“Leicester can still lose it,” said Wenger. “Our first target us to win all eight games. 79 points could be enough. We don’t know. What’s important is that we play with full commitment.”
Wenger’s uncertain future
While the Frenchman has confirmed his intention to stay at the club next season, his long term future at the club is less certain now. Wenger’s current contract with the club runs out after the end of the 2017 season and the 2016-17 campaign could well be his last.
Having been knocked out of the Champions League and the FA Cup already this season, the Gunners are likely to end the season trophyless, which would be a step back from their previous two seasons. If they suffer the same fate next season, the 66-year-old may well decide of his own volition that a change is needed in the managerial position at the Emirates.