Wenger says he is not going to leave Arsenal

May 20th, 2009 - 3:21 pm ICT by ANI  

Arsenal London, May 20 (ANI): Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has given the clearest indication yet that he intends to stay on as manager of the club.

A day after he met chief executive Ivan Gazidis for talks, the Arsenal manager said: “I’m staying here.”

Wenger was quick to reassure fans, who have organised petitions to keep him at the club, saying: “There is nothing to worry about. It is not an issue for me.”

The Gunners are determined to keep the most successful manager in their history - whose contract has two years left - while Perez had indicated he wanted a firm decision from Wenger by the end of the week.

Wenger has never walked out on a contract and now looks certain to stay on for two more years, the Daily Express reported.

His future had come under scrutiny like never before after his weekend comments that working with Perez would be an interesting project alongside his dismay over criticisms made at a shareholders’ meeting.

Wenger has built a promising young side and reached the Champions League again but has been unable to compete financially with the rest of the Big Four and even some other Premier League clubs.

Wenger has been frustrated at that, and would probably need triple the reported 13 million pound summer transfer fund some of which will go on Theo Walcott’s new contract as well as Robin van Persie’s proposed deal.

He wants experienced players, but needs more money, especially if striker Emmanuel Adebayor goes to either of the Milan clubs or to Chelsea. (ANI)

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