Reports that Arsène Wenger is going to Real Madrid poke their head above ground every year like a hardy perennial.
Supposedly, the seed of the story was sown in the Spanish press over the past few days but, at Friday afternoon's press conference, the Frenchman once again applied the weedkiller.
"I can say publicly that I will be at Arsenal," said Wenger after it was suggested that he or Milan coach Carlo Ancelotti would be taking the reins at the Bernabeu. "I have said many times I have a contract with Arsenal until 2008 and normally I try always to respect my contracts.
"I love Real Madrid," he went on. "After Arsenal, it is certainly a club I love because of my childhood. It was the team I admired when I was a kid and I have a lot of good memories for Real Madrid.
"But my priority is to do well for Arsenal because I am here and I feel we are in the rebuilding process of a big team again. I want to do that."
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