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Aug 15, 2010

Wenger rejected offers to prolong Arsenal stay

Arsene Wenger claims he had offers from other clubs over the summer before he eventually underlined his commitment to Arsenal.

Wenger put pen to paper on a new three-year deal with Arsenal on Saturday, before his side got their Premier League campaign underway on Sunday with a 1-1 draw at Liverpool. Should he see out his new contract, Wenger will have been at Arsenal for 18 years.

The 60-year-old says has never had any intention of leaving but that has not stopped other clubs attempting to acquire his services.

"I love the club and I don't see myself going anywhere else,'' said Wenger. "I believe I have one way only to show my commitment to this club - by signing a contract I have been offered. I didn't put the gun to anyone's head and I can only show one way how much I want to do well for the club.

"I get offers but I always keep a note in my job that I go to the end of my contract. I wasn't ready to talk and for me it is important to focus and not talk about other clubs or opportunities that I have. The best way to focus is to extend the contract but the day I feel I cannot focus or take the team further I will go.''

Wenger was also unwilling to comment on reports linking Arsenal with moves for goalkeepers Mark Schwarzer and Shay Given. Fulham have been braced for an approach from the Gunners for veteran Schwarzer while clubs have suddenly been alerted to Given's situation after he was dropped by Manchester City on Saturday.

"It is better for me not to talk about that because it doesn't help the goalkeepers that play for us,'' Wenger said. "It is better that we focus on the goalkeepers we have. I believe (Manuel) Almunia had a good game today.''

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