London - Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger insisted Sunday he'll be back for
another season at the club, ending speculation that he might leave after
nearly 18 years at the helm.
Wenger has yet to sign a new
contract, with his current deal expiring after this campaign, and was
asked after a 1-0 win over West Bromwich Albion on Sunday whether he'll
be back next season.
"Yes," he replied.
"I don't know (when I will
sign a new deal). I told you many times that my word is my word. I am
from a period where you didn't need a pen to commit."
that one factor that had been holding him back was waiting to see if
the club would secure a top-four finish this season, which it did after
Everton lost to Manchester City on Saturday.
"It was of course important to be in the Champions League, that is for sure," he said.
Wenger's leadership, Arsenal has secured Champions League football for
17 consecutive seasons and overseen a lucrative move from Highbury to
Emirates Stadium. When he joined Arsenal in 1996, the club flourished on
the pitch, winning three league titles and four FA Cup trophies.
the 64-year-old Wenger has come under criticism from some fans in
recent years for a lack of spending in the transfer market and failing
to end Arsenal's trophy drought.
The team can win its first major title
since 2005 in the FA Cup final against Hull on May 17.