London – Arsene Wenger has vowed to finish what he started now he has the players to bring back Arsenal’s glory days.
The Arsenal manager is adamant all his energy will be dedicated to ending eight years without a trophy.
“I don’t believe anybody can question my commitment to this club,” said Wenger, whose side sit on top of the Barclays Premier League after five games.
“I want to feel that I do well and then the question of me staying will be secondary after that.
“If I have one quality, it is you don’t need a lot of talks to extend the contract I have.
“We are, resource-wise, more competitive,’ he said, and clearly he feels the money needed to fund the move to the Emirates has, until now, clipped his wings. ‘Until 2005, we could compete every year to win the league,” he added. “After we moved into the new stadium, it’s not a coincidence even if some seasons we were close to winning the title, we couldn’t.
“But, believe me, I have worked harder in the last four or five years, against scepticism, against players moving out.
“This is the first year that we have not only not lost a big player, but bought a big player.”
The star in question is £42.5million man Mesut Ozil. And while Arsenal have – since the opening-day defeat at home to Aston Villa – won every match in all competitions, some fans will still not be convinced that a corner has been turned unless good results continue and another big name signs in January.
However, majority owner Stan Kroenke (below) wants Wenger to agree a contract extension which will see him at the helm into a third decade, having managed the club for 17 years.
And Wenger stressed: ‘What is important is that the level of expectation is high.
“In recent years, as we’ve lost players, we had to face a lower level of expectation, and that is quite hard for me.
“Anyway, it’s more difficult to raise enthusiasm behind the team because the belief is not completely there.
“But the fact that expectations are high is a good sign because it means people think you have a good chance.’
Even so, Wenger feels this will be the most tightly- contested title for many a year, involving five or six sides. “The target of any team is to win it all but I don’t think any team in England can say that,’ he said of fighting on four fronts.
“The competition is so open, so tight. At the moment, if I tell you we cannot do it, then you will tell me I’m completely stupid.
“‘It will be down to consistency, getting the injured players back, and then we have a good chance.’ – Daily Mail