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Arsene Wenger in no hurry to sign deal

September 13, 2012
By ESPN.com news services

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger tweeted Thursday that he will always be an "Arsenal man" but said he is in no rush to open talks over a new contract.

Arsene Wenger
PA PhotosArsene Wenger is in no rush to open talks over a new contract. He has been in charge of Arsenal since 1996.

Speaking to the Telegraph, Arsenal chief executive Ivan Gazidis said that the club is ready to offer him a new deal before his current contract expires in 2014.

But the Gunners boss, 62, insisted during a Thursday news conference that he is in no rush to prolong his stay in North London, stressing that he is currently focused on matters in hand ahead of Saturday's meeting with Southampton.

"I have two years to go. What is important for me is Southampton, and I think I have shown my commitment to this club in the past," he said. "At the moment I am not in the mood to think about the long-term future. We want to do well this season, that's all. I am an Arsenal man. I think I have always shown that. I have to consider if I do well or not. If I don't do well, I have to consider my future.

"I have been at the club long enough to have confidence in the people I work with, but I will assess my own performances and then make a decision -- at the moment, we are not there. Two years is a long time in my job. I just want to do well for the club as long as I can and accept all the rest. I have to consider that, at my age, you always have to assess if you have the fitness, the desire, the commitment that this job demands.

"Then of course you have to make your decisions. I hope I will be lucid enough and intelligent enough to assess my performance well."

Arsenal resumes its Premier League campaign Saturday against Southampton, looking to kick on from a 2-0 win at Liverpool -- the team's third match unbeaten.

Midfielder Abou Diaby is still questionable after picking up a minor knee problem while on international duty with France, and may be rested ahead of next week's Champions League opener in Montpellier.

"Diaby is in a position where we can certainly play him. We just have to assess the risk to play him or not. That will be done tomorrow," Wenger said. "We won't take a gamble on him, especially because of his history."

Goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny is fit again following a rib injury, but winger Theo Walcott will be assessed after missing England's game against Ukraine with a virus.