By Chris Harris
Arsène Wenger says that the capacity of his team to keep improving will determine his future at Arsenal.
The 60-year-old's current contract expires in the summer of 2011 and, speaking before the weekend, he revealed that talks over a possible new deal would begin "in autumn" of this year.
Wenger is focused on the short-term of course, namely Arsenal's quest for the Premier League and Champions League. And although the Frenchman insists that his future does not depend on success this season, he accepts that year-on-year improvement is critical.
"My own personal future will depend on the capacity to win trophies but as well to feel that this team is improving year after year because we are still very young," said Wenger.
"We compare it for example with [Barcelona] the other night. Cesc Fabregas is 22 and Xavi is 30. I knew Xavi when he was 22 and this team has still a lot of development potential."
"Ideally no [I would not want to leave this team] but at the moment my focus is more on short term, that we finish well and we go to Barcelona and have a good chance to qualify.
"At the moment I want to finish as well as I can this year and then we talk about it [my future]. It is important for us, this generation, to win. It is this year and after we see next year but I still think we can win this year."
Reports have suggested that Pep Guardiola could eventually succeed Wenger as Arsenal manager but the current incumbent is not even thinking about that prospect.
"No. That should not be my job or my decision," he said. "He just started in Barcelona. I don’t know why he would leave Barcelona. He started at the top of the top of the top, so I think he will stay as long as he can there."Copyright 2017 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