By Richard Clarke
Arsène Wenger will consider his future contribution and not past glories when he discusses a new contract next summer.
The Arsenal manager's deal runs out in 2011 and, as ever, he intends to see that through to its conclusion. Only then will he contemplate extending his tenure beyond 15 seasons. And, he argues, his decision will be based on what he can do in the future not what he has done already.
"I have one more year and I will respect that year," said the 60-year-old. "Then we will see where we are.
"I want to do well for this club, I do not want to be here because I have done well before and do not do well anymore. I want to see whether I can make my policy successful on the longer term. Then you decide ‘do I stay or not?'".
Wednesday's defeat at Tottenham almost certainly means Arsenal will not win a trophy this season. But, despite that, Wenger believes his youth-based, evolutionary approach has paid dividends in recent years.
"Playing in the top three and with all the competition we have around us, you cannot say the policy has not paid off," he said. "You cannot parade the trophy, yes, but you cannot say what we have done, and the way we have achieved it, has not paid off. We play at the top."Copyright 2017 The Arsenal Football Club plc. Permission to use quotations from this article is granted subject to appropriate credit being given to www.arsenal.com as the source