By Will Butcher
Arsenal chairman Sir Chips Keswick has revealed that a new contract for Arsene Wenger is not the club’s priority.
Wenger, who turned 67 on Saturday, has less than 12 months remaining on his Arsenal contract with time running out on a potential new deal.
In quotes published by Goal, Keswick revealed at the Gunners’ AGM that Arsenal’s main focus is on trophies and not renewing Wenger’s contract despite being in his 20th year as boss.
“We all recognise the fantastic contribution Arsene has made to the club in last 20 years,” Sir Keswick said, as quoted by Goal. “We are confident about his ability to take us forward.
“We will sit down and discuss the future at the appropriate time but our focus is on maintaining the current run and competing for trophies.”
The news will come as a bitter blow to Wenger’s loyal supporters, with speculation continuing to increase over the Frenchman’s future.
Arsenal star Mesut Ozil’s future is also in doubt, with less than two years remaining on his current deal, but is reportedly only willing to sign a contract until Wenger’s future is sorted.
Former Monaco and Nagoya Grampus 8 boss Wenger has masterminded his side’s rise to second in the Premier League this season, after a winning streak of seven league and cup wins was halted by Middlesbrough on Saturday.
Arsenal next face Reading at the Emirates in the fourth round of the EFL Cup on Tuesday night.
In other Arsenal news, Hector Bellerin has sent this message to rival Middlesbrough star Adama Traore.