By Chris Harris
Arsène Wenger is mystified by speculation linking him with a move to Manchester City.
Newspaper reports this week suggested that City’s Middle East owners were preparing to sack Mark Hughes and wanted to lure the Arsenal manager to Eastlands.
The ‘news’ was broken to Wenger during his pre-match press conference but was given short shrift by the Frenchman. The Arsenal manager insists he is going nowhere.
"I have never allowed anyone to question my commitment to this club, in the good and in the bad times, that has not changed in my mind,” he said.
“You have told me I am on their wanted list, I do not know if that is true or not.
“It is certainly not true because they have a very good manager in Mark Hughes. He is doing a good job. They have to keep confidence in him.
“On my side, I am contracted [with Arsenal] until 2011 and until 2011 I do not envisage to go anywhere else.”
Cesc Fabregas was caught in the speculation crossfire this week when reports claimed he would follow Wenger out of Emirates Stadium.
The manager himself intends to be around for a while yet - and he hopes Fabregas stays at Arsenal even longer.
“I hope his future will last longer than mine because I think he can still be here in 10 years,” said Wenger.
“He should be one of the bases of this club. I think the Club should be built around personalities like Cesc and that’s why I hope he will still be here.
“He was born in 1987 and he is 22 years old in 2009 and at 32 he will still play."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 5 Mar 2009