By Chris Harris

Keith Edelman believes that Arsène Wenger will be Arsenal manager for "some time to come".

The Frenchman is committed to the Club until 2011 after extending his contract in September. Talks over another new deal are not currently on the agenda but Edelman hopes and expects Wenger will stay for more than three years.

"We do a contract at a time with Arsène and he always says that if he feels the same as he feels today he will sign a new contract," said the Club's Managing Director.

"He said the other day that he wants to go on forever. I think he will give up at some point but I think that's a long way off. We've got to wait and see in two or three years time how he feels.

"It's his decision about whether he's got the energy and tenacity and competitiveness to go on. Knowing Arsène the way I do, I think he'll be here for some time to come. I don't detect any less enthusiasm and he is no less angry when we lose!

"Arsène is a tremendous manager, he has shown his skills since he has been here. He has been the most important part of our success story and when that time comes we'll all sit down and have a sensible conversation.

Wenger's shrewdness in the transfer market was again in evidence when Arsenal's half-yearly financial results were announced on Friday morning. The Club made a profit of £19.6 million on player sales thanks to the Frenchman.

Wenger has never been one to splash out in his search for squad reinforcements. Nonetheless, Edelman confirmed that transfer funds are available if the Frenchman decided to change his ways.

"I think one of the fundamental pieces of our business model is giving the manager the power to do what he wants with the squad," said Edelman. "Our job is to get the funds in line to match his ambitions. In that respect if Arsène is happy, I'm happy.

"Arsène is given the freedom to buy the players he wants to buy, and as long as we can provide the financial resources to buy those players, which we have done, then I think that's the right balance."

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Chris Harris 22 Feb 2008