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Wenger: Contract talks on hold

ESPN staff
October 22, 2013
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Arsene Wenger has revealed he will not make a decision on his Arsenal future until January.

Arsenal have put a new £24 million, three-year contract on the table for Wenger, who celebrates his 64th birthday today.

He said: "I will make a decision halfway through the season. Deep down I have an idea what I want to do, but give me a bit of time.

"What interests me above all is to meet the expectations of our fans."

Wenger and Arsenal chief executive Ivan Gazidis have been in discussions over the new deal for several weeks.

His current contract runs out in June, with Paris Saint-Germain said to believe they can convince Wenger to return to his native France after 17 years at Arsenal.

Wenger has guided Arsenal to the top of the league this season, however they have not won a trophy for eight years. He wants the club to show him their ambitions match his.

After the £42.5 million signing of Mesut Ozil transformed Arsenal's fortunes, Wenger is keen to receive more financial backing for another marquee signing in January.

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