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Wenger: You'll get rid of me one day

ESPN staff
May 5, 2014
Arsene Wenger looks ahead to next season

Arsene Wenger says he has never had any doubt that he will remain as Arsenal manager beyond the summer.

Wenger moved to reassure supporters he will sign a new contract - once the season is complete, as pledged - following his side's 1-0 victory over West Bromwich Albion.

The Frenchman has secured Champions League football at the club for the 17th consecutive season this term, while the club also have an FA Cup final against Hull City to look forward to.

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"Don't worry, don't be too impatient, my last time will come, you'll get rid of me one day, don't worry!'' Wenger said, reiterating his intention to sign a new contract.

"I've said many times, my word is my word. I'm from a period where you didn't need a pen to commit. Look at me, look at me. You will see me again. It's not linked to the FA Cup final. It was important, of course, to be in the Champions League - that's for sure.

"No. I've had no moments of doubt. If I had moments of doubt it would have been a few years ago when I had to say no to many offers and commit to this club and I was under a lot of pressure.''

Meanwhile, Wenger confirmed loan midfielder Kim Kallstrom will return to parent club Spartak Moscow in the summer, before saying he will do everything in his power to retain Bacary Sagna and Lukasz Fabianski, whose contracts are both due to expire at the end of the season.

"I want Sagna to stay and I hope the reception from the fans convinces him that we love him here,'' Wenger said. "We have two players at the end of their contracts - Sagna and Fabianski. If it's down to me, they both stay.''

After slipping up 3-1 to Aston Villa on the season's opening day, Arsenal managed to avoid defeat at home for the rest of the league campaign.

Wenger conceded his side's failure to sustain a title challenge revolved around a lack of goals, but refused to lament not recruiting an extra striker.

"I would just say, to be brutal in our first analysis, we missed a few goals, compared to the teams who scored the most goals, and we missed some big away games by conceding too many,'' Wenger said. "The regret is not there [for not signing another striker], because we missed offensive players [through injury] at an important part of the season.

"The solution is not always outside. The solution is as well inside your club where the disadvantage of having many injuries is you always have to play the same players. Then, of course, they score less goals because they are a bit jaded. ''

West Brom boss Pepe Mel acknowledged the Baggies will be forced to rebuild their squad this summer, with 13 players out of contract.

Mel said he would be "extremely happy" to remain in charge next season, despite looming contract talks with the club's board.

"There are 13 players who are going to be out of contract, so it's pretty much like making up a new team, so West Brom has got a lot of work to do,'' Mel said. "After the Stoke City match, we will have a meeting and then we will decide whether or not I'll be at West Brom next season.

"Right now we still need one more point to ensure that we're safe, and, after seeing what Sunderland have done in the last month, absolutely anything's possible. What we're aiming to do is keep West Brom in the Premier League, and I can tell you now I would be extremely happy to be at West Brom next season.''

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