Arsène Wenger says he is "honoured" to receive the public backing of Stan Kroenke.

The Club's majority shareholder told newspapers this week that he feels "totally aligned" with the Arsenal manager and hinted strongly that he wants Wenger to stay at Emirates Stadium beyond his current deal, which expires next summer.

Wenger appreciated Mr Kroenke's tribute and added that any talks over a contract extension should be "straightforward".

"I am very honoured to have the support of Stan Kroenke," said the manager. "That he thinks I can help the Club is a huge confidence vote. That is something for me that is very positive.

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"I said I want to focus on the quality of our season and I don't believe that anybody can question my commitment to this Club. I want to feel that I do well and then the question of me staying will be secondary after that.

"The good thing with me, if I have one quality, [it's that] you don't need a lot of talks to extend the contract I have.

"I don't know [when I will sign a new contract]. When we find time. I don't think that's the most important problem at the moment. It's straightforward and I don't think there's anything more to add to that."

Copyright 2014 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 Chris Harris 27 Sep 2013