Arsene Wenger hints at Arsenal stay after ‘big job’ comments

Date published: Wednesday 24th May 2017 9:49

Arsene Wenger has hinted he is staying at Arsenal after admitting “we have a big job to do in the summer”.

Wenger’s contract expires at the end of next month and there has been speculation suggesting he is both staying and leaving, but at Tuesday’s FA Cup final news conference he hinted his work was not done at The Emirates.

Asked about losing key players this summer, Wenger said: “No, we’re not braced to lose players. We have nobody at the end of their contract. That will be completely our decision.

“I believe we have a big job to do in the summer. We want to keep players like Alexis and all the speculations can happen.

“If you have a surgery tomorrow and it’s his last day of work – you still want him to do good work and not half a job because it’s his last day.

“That’s being professional. I have ended contracts before and always ended exactly the same.

“Alexis’ contract ends in 2018. Different situation. We’ll see if he’s fit to start the game. We’ll see how well he comes out.”

When asked whether Saturday’s Wembley date with Chelsea will be his last game in charge of Arsenal, he replied: “I don’t know. It will not be my last match no matter what happens because I will stay in football.”

He was then asked a similar question: would an FA Cup win would be the ideal way to walk away from the club.

“No. I want to win and do well for my club and win the cup for my club. It’s not about me. It’s about us winning,” added Wenger.

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