Date: 9th February 2017 at 10:49pm
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Manager Arsene Wenger has again dodged questions about his future with his contract up this summer.

Meeting with the media in his weekly pre game press conference ahead of Hull City, the Official Site carry his response to questions about whether there had been talk of a new deal behind the scenes or in fact whether there was an offer on the table for him.

‘Once again, thank you for caring about my future, but that`s not the most important thing. My future is in front of me every time I make a half-turn. What is important for me is that Arsenal Football Club does well, and I dedicate my whole energy to the club doing well.’

Pressed for any latest news on the contractual front, he added.

‘I answer that question every week and nothing has changed compared to last week. That`s basically it. I have nothing to add to what I said last week.’


‘Ideally you want everybody to be happy. But as well, I think Arsenal is made of special strength and that strength as well is to be united when it doesn`t go well and that`s what we want. It`s very nice for you to care about how I feel, but it`s not the most important. I am a professional and I have to do a job and that`s what I want to do.’

With speculation in the media about the future of Jack Wilshere given his loan out to Bournemouth, Wenger said there hadn’t been further discussions about his future and as far as he was concerned he would return over the summer when the loan deal expired.

He also said Bournemouth had not made overtures about a potential permanent deal.

‘Yes (he’ll return). We have, at the moment, had no move from Bournemouth for Jack Wilshere.’

Questions turned back to the Chelsea loss and Laurent Koscielny’s comments in particular and Wenger explained that he felt his words had been twisted by the press.

‘The comments that have been made were lost in translation. They have been twisted. But anyway, the players are responsible for their performance. The club works well when everybody does his job. The players are responsible for their performance and that`s all, not more than that. I believe the manager is responsible for the results and the team selection, the board is responsible for long-term decisions and the club works only like that.’

Asked whether he had spoken to Koscielny about the comments.

‘Yes, of course. He didn`t mean that at all. When you have a disappointing result, you know what you get. People turn things around and we are used to that. We can deal with that.’

Pushed for additional thoughts on Chelsea given he’d now had more time to reflect, he went on to say.

‘It happened because we played at Chelsea and it`s a difficult game. It`s down to the fact that we did not perform as well as we wanted, especially defensively. We made some mistakes that, as a team, you cannot afford to in these kinds of games. I`m always surprised when we lose a game because I expect to win it before the game starts. We were also a bit unlucky because the first goal was absolutely scandalous. That changed the game as well because we started quite well, but from that point onwards it put Chelsea in a position that they are very good at. They defend very well and they are very quick on the break. When you look at how the second goal happened, I think we can only look at ourselves, and for the third goal as well. Overall it was a very even game on goal chances. The regret I have is that we didn`t make enough of the chances we created.’

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