By Chris Harris

Arsène Wenger is not prepared to discuss his long-term future at Arsenal – because he is focused on short-term goals.

The Frenchman is preparing for the first of seven games in 22 days and a make-or-break phase of the season. However, when he attended his pre-match press conference on Friday, Wenger was inundated with questions about the future; his own and those of Cesc Fabregas and Robin van Persie.

Wenger’s current deal expires in the summer of 2011 so, as that date gets closer, he can expect more enquiries about his future plans. For now, the Arsenal manager views the subject as an unnecessary distraction.

“That’s a long period in football nowadays, 2011,” he said. 

“I believe I have always shown I am committed to fulfilling my contract so come back in 2011. 

“I don’t rule that out [seeing myself at Arsenal beyond 2011], I just feel I want to do well tomorrow. That’s the most important thing. 

“We are in a strong position as a team and we just want to focus on the short-term now. Our success depends on how well we focus on [the] short-term and how intelligent we are to rule out all the long-term speculation.”

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