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Contract delay won't hurt Arsenal: Wenger

Press Association logoPress Association 23/12/2016 Nick Purewal

Arsene Wenger insists leaving his Arsenal future hanging will not dent the Gunners' long-term plans.

While Wenger delays talks on a new deal to remain as Arsenal manager, Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez are yet to commit their own futures to the club.

But the Frenchman, who celebrated 20 years at the helm at the start of October, claims the future of his star players is not tied to his own.

Asked if the club's senior management were happy with Wenger putting off his own contract deliberations, the Frenchman simply replied:

"Yes. I always said that I will judge where I stand in spring and make my decisions then.

"And the club is free as well. It's not because I am here a long time that I have any rights. We are both in the same boat."

Wenger let his contract situation run until the end of the 2013-14 campaign before signing his current three-year deal, which expires in the summer.

The 67-year-old remains happy to adopt a similar practice this time around too, rejecting any suggestions of a state of limbo unfolding at the Emirates Stadium.

Asked if his situation could affect the club's long-term planning, Wenger said: "No. I don't think so.

"There are plenty of managers who arrived at the end of their contract. It happened to me before.

"I signed sometimes in March, April for longer contracts. So I don't think it's a problem.

"I have worked everywhere I have been until the last day of my contract with total commitment. That's why maybe I can go back everywhere I was, because people respect that."

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