Date: 1st June 2017 at 12:23am
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Manager Arsene Wenger has been interviewed following the decision to extend his deal at Arsenal for another two years.

With his future a huge topic of discussion so far this campaign, clarity was achieved on Tuesday with the confirmation that he would remain at the club and that became official on Wednesday.

Speaking to the Official Site after finally signing his deal, Wenger explained that Arsenal ‘cherishes the values’ he loves and he was ‘excited’ for the future.

‘I`m happy and excited. Happy because I can work where I love to be. As well because this club cherishes the values I love. I`m excited because I believe that our end of season is a big springboard to go for more. We have created a dynamic that is very positive and we want to build on that and transfer that positive end of season form to the new season.’

Asked about whether the decision to sign on for another two years was a difficult decision, Wenger went on to say.

‘For me it`s always easy on a loving affair because I identify myself so much with the club. When you can be where you love to be, that`s easy. It`s difficult because you want to respond to the demands of all the people who love this club. This is of course a job that demands 100 per cent commitment and you want to be at that level to make sure you can make everyone happy.’

Of course there was a message for the fans given the year that we’ve just had.

‘The message to the fans is in aid of the club. Let`s be together to support our players, to support the club and all give our absolute best to be at the level that we want to be. We can move up to the next level, I`m convinced of that, by having faith in the way we want to play football and by supporting the players we have already. Of course we`ll try to strengthen our squad to be stronger next season, but we want to be faithful to the way we want to play the game. We want to support this way of playing all together.’

Asked about future ambitions for Arsenal over the next two years.

‘They are of course unlimited, our ambitions. We live in a very competitive world where you need the support of the owner as well. He`s highly ambitious and supportive as well so, on that front, we are all united with exactly the same targets.’

Before continuing to look forward, Wenger was asked to look back on 2016/17 and summise it as a whole.

‘As a whole, I think the first part of the season was very positive. We went 20 games unbeaten, including the Champions League, and we finished top of the group in the Champions League. After that, the turning point was maybe the Everton and Manchester City games where we dropped our level away from home a little bit. We were unbeaten away from home for a long, long time. The negative side and other turning points were certainly the Bayern Munich games where we had very positive results at half-time but at the end of the game we were very frustrated.’

Wenger went on to say.

‘It was under very special circumstances but it deeply affected the confidence of the team. I believe the outside uncertainty over my situation had an impact on the team as well, and after that I think we regrouped. We could have been divided but we have shown great resilience and were united to bounce back very strongly. We finished the season in a very convincing way. We won 10 of our last 11 games and that is absolutely difficult. We played against all the difficult opponents, so we finished the season in a very strong way with a very strong dynamic. That`s why I told you that we want to transfer that into the new season.’

So back to the future, Wenger was asked about what changes fans could expect to the side this year if the aim is to genuinely challenge for the title.

‘First of all, we have a very heavy squad at the moment so maybe we might lose some players. We want to keep the strength we have and build on that. We will work very hard to find the additions of top, top quality. I believe that our squad is very strong and we will only look for top-class people who can strengthen our team now. The basis is there so we need the additions who will make a real difference.’

As for other changes, non playing wise.

‘We always want to be better. We live in a very competitive world where everybody tries to get better. We look to be stronger everywhere. We want to perform better in every department, so of course we want to have the best team around the team. We look at everything. We forget that we have top-quality people already and, if you look closely at the players who left us, every player who came here became a better player. We have a very good record with the team and the improvement of the players here. We have to continue that but we are also looking everywhere to become even better.’

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