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Apr 15, 2010

Hill-Wood believes Wenger will stay

Arsenal chairman Peter Hill-Wood believes Arsene Wenger will remain at Emirates Stadium despite his warning about winning trophies.

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Wenger's contract has just one year left to run, and he admitted earlier this month that his "personal future will depend on the capacity to win trophies". Arsenal's last success was the FA Cup in 2005 and he admitted after the 2-1 defeat to Spurs that there is now "too much to do" in the title race.

However, Hill-Wood expects the club to sit down with Wenger in the next few weeks to discuss his long-term plans and is confident that the manager remains committed to the project.

Hill-Wood told Soccernet: "It's nice to win trophies, of course it is, and I accept it has been a few years now without one, but Arsene Wenger is building something special with this team and I cannot see him wanting to drop it now.

"The players he has brought forward and personally developed are still improving and he has enormous confidence in them. Arsene seems relaxed and happy with this club and I would expect to talk with him once the season is over.

"While there are games left, Arsene wants to focus and concentrate on them - that has always been his approach, and it won't change now.

"I would imagine he will not be ready to talk to us until the end of the season at the earliest but Arsene knows our feelings. They haven't changed. We want him to stay for as long as he wants to stay, and we hope that will be for some considerable time yet."

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