Arsenal senior man pins his future at the club on upcoming season
By Alex Taylor
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has said that this coming season will decide his future at the club.
The Frenchman, 66, was appointed Gunners boss in September 1996 and has just one year left to run on his current deal for the club he has managed for 20 years.
Arsenal have not won the Premier League title since 2004 but secured back-to-back FA Cup triumphs in 2014 and 2015.
“My contract runs until the end of the season,” Wenger told BBC Radio 5 live. “What I will do after will depend a little bit on how the season goes.”
The former Monaco boss has come under increasing criticism in recent years for a failure to genuinely compete for either the Premier League or the Champions League.
Subscribe to Football Insider TV now
Fans have also voiced their concerns at the club’s reserved transfer policy, having seen precious few big-money signings and losing key players like Robin van Persie and Samir Nasri to rival teams in recent years.
The Gunners boss will have spent 21 years in the job by the time he completes his current deal, but it will still be some way short of the 26 years long-time rival Sir Alex Ferguson spent at Manchester United.
Arsenal start their Premier League campaign against Liverpool on Sunday and will be looking to get their domestic campaign underway with a win.
In other Arsenal team news, Alex Iwobi is hoping to push his way into the starting line-up for Arsenal this season following his impressive display in team’s 3-2 victory over Manchester City in pre-season.