By Richard Clarke
Arsène Wenger remains steadfastly an Arsenal man.
The Club’s current problems have never prompted the Frenchman to question his 12-year tenure as manager. The 59-year-old loves Arsenal and would not swap his position for that of any other manager.
Emirates Stadium plays host to a massive match on Saturday lunchtime when Manchester United visit.
Sir Alex Ferguson’s side won the title last season and look in ominously good shape this term. In contrast Arsenal have dropped five points in their last two games and the defeat at Stoke last Saturday was their third of the Premier League season.
Much is being made of Arsenal troubles right now but Wenger has seen it all before and has had no thoughts of jumping ship.
“I love it here,” he said. “I don't question my commitment for Arsenal and I could show you concrete signs that I've done that over the years.
“In my decisions, what comes first is the interest of the Club, not what the media will think. That doesn't question my commitment. I cannot influence what people will say but I can influence the future of the Club. If I look back and forward, I'm proud of the decisions I made.
“And, I believe we are as good as well. I would not exchange today my position with any manager of any other team because I believe strongly in our qualities.
“It is down to us to develop well and to show that we can win big games.
“We have a good opportunity on Saturday. It is fantastic. We have what you want as a young player in this job, to show how good you are against a fantastic side.
“Manchester United is a great team but we have a good opportunity to show we can beat them.”Copyright 2013 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 7 Nov 2008