Wenger to consider striker signing; talks contract

Date published: Friday 13th May 2016 10:28

Arsene Wenger claims reports of him signing a new two-year deal at Arsenal are “completely wrong”, while he will consider signing a striker this summer.

The Times on Thursday reported that another two-year extension is on the cards for the 66-year-old Frenchman.

They claimed that majority shareholder Stan Kroenke was pushing for his manager to stay on at the club and that Kroenke wanted Wenger to commit himself to the Gunners by October this year.

But Wenger, whose current contract runs to the end of next season, dismissed the report at his press conference on Friday.

“It is completely wrong. I don’t know where this comes from,” said Wenger.

“You can treat that as an invention. It is absolutely false. They could have checked with the club and it would have been denied.

 “I think about the next game. I have full commitment for as long as I am under contract.”

Wenger, who The Sun claimed in January was poised to sign a new long-term contract this summer, admitted that next season would shape his future at The Emirates.

He was then asked if he had decided his future after his current deal.

Wenger replied: “No. The focus is to respect my contract.

“I have extended my contract at a period where it was vital for the club. I will see where I am personally and where the club stands.”

Wenger admits Arsenal will have to “think about” signing a new striker after the injury to Danny Welbeck.

Euro 2016 hopeful Welbeck was earmarked for a place in Roy Hodgson’s 23-man England squad for France, but the forward has undergone knee surgery and will be sidelined for nine months.

The 25-year-old suffered his injury blow in Sunday’s 2-2 draw against Manchester City at The Etihad. Welbeck, who only returned in mid-February from a 10-month lay-off due to an injury to his other knee, limped off after just 25 minutes against City and was replaced by Jack Wilshere.

It leaves a huge hole in Wenger’s forward line, with Welbeck featuring 16 times and scoring five times since returning from injury with the winning goal against champions Leicester at The Emirates in February.

Asked whether he would bring in striking reinforcements in the summer, Wenger said: “We have to think about that. When a player is out for nine months, you consider it as a season.

“That makes us short on the striker front.”

At his press briefing ahead of Sunday’s final game with Aston Villa the Gunners boss was asked if he could he have done more in January to boost the squad.

Wenger replied: “I look at myself and what I could have done.

“Which decisions did I not get right? Welbeck was out for a long time, Cazorla was out for five months, Coquelin out for four months.

“Elneny and Iwobi have done well but you don’t find players available in January – who could have strengthened.”

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