Manager Wenger guarded about future with Arsenal


London : Club manager Arsene Wenger has vowed to speak about his Arsenal future “at the right moment”.

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Wenger has a year to run on his current contract and Arsenal fans, reeling from the departure of Thierry Henry to Barcelona, will be praying he decides to extend it.

But the Frenchman was in relaxed mood when quizzed about his future after Arsenal’s 2-0 friendly win Saturday over Barnet at Underhill.

Asked if he thought he would stay beyond his existing contract, he told Sky Sports News: “I have shown my commitment in the past.”

Pressed on whether that meant he would be staying, he added: “I will come out at the right moment…maybe when you don’t ask me the question.”

Cesc Fabregas, a target for Real Madrid, has given Wenger a boost by committing his future to the Gunners.

“I think Cesc has shown many times that he is committed to the club and Cesc in my mind will never leave,” said Wenger.

“He has six or seven years of contract left and we have lost Thierry Henry. We want to keep things as stable as possible.”

Wenger is confident that Arsenal can cope in the post-Henry era.

“I think we have good potential to do it,” he stressed. “I think we will focus more on sharing the responsibility that Thierry had up front. There will be more focus on team play and not relying so much on one individual.

“I also think some players will take on more responsibility – like (Robin) Van Persie, like (Emmanuel) Adebayor, like (Theo) Walcott, like Eduardo (da Silva), who has just joined us. There are certain players who raise their game when you have a departure like that.”

Wenger is expecting another departure with Jose Antonio Reyes, who was on loan to Real Madrid last season, keen to make the move permanent.

“I think he will go. I think it will help him to go to Spain because there is no way you can have an unhappy player,” he said.

Reyes earlier admitted: “No agreement has been reached so far, but I hope the situation will be resolved as soon as possible for my benefit.

“Next season I hope to win everything – and if it’s with Real Madrid even better.”

The 23-year-old moved to Arsenal from Sevilla in January 2004, but struggled to adapt to English life.

“The rain was one of the main reasons why I didn’t adapt well to that country,” said the Seville-born player.