Premier League: Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger insists new deal is not top priority

Arsene Wenger: Arsenal boss is heading into final season of contract

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Arsene Wenger has fuelled claims that he has been offered a new Arsenal deal, but will not be rushed into a decision.

The long-serving Gunners boss is heading into the final season of his current contract and reports suggested he had agreed to extend his stay until 2016.

Wenger refused to play down the speculation, but admitted his own future was not high on the agenda.

"Yes, I didn't deny that (that a contract had been offered)," said the Frenchman.

"I just said what I said at the start of the season and nothing has changed.

Arsene Wenger is disappointed that the race row that engulfed Roy Hodgson was not sorted out in the dressing room.

"I believe that when you are manager at the club, you have to prepare for the long term always and act like you would stay forever.

"I believe that what is important is the next game."

Arsenal will attempt to retain top spot in the Premier League when they host struggling Norwich on Saturday.

The Canaries have lost four of their seven league games, but Wenger is refusing to take them lightly.

He said: "The quality which is needed after a long break is to switch on again in a very quick, fast and efficient way. That is what is at stake and I am confident we will do that.

"We have learned something in the last 18 months, that the Premier League has changed, that every single game is a potential danger for any team in the league and the recent results in the Premier League have confirmed that.

"Norwich are much more dangerous (than last season) because they have (Johan) Elmander, (Ricky) van Wolfswinkel and technically they are very good in midfield.

"They are a team with a good dynamic and are not scared to play. They showed that against Chelsea in the last game."

What will be the outcome in the match Arsenal vs Norwich?

  • Arsenal
  • Draw
  • Norwich