By Chris Harris
Arsène Wenger says he's "an Arsenal man" but insists it's too soon to think about his long-term future.
The Frenchman has been Arsenal’s manager for nearly 16 years and his current deal expires in the summer of 2014. Reports on Friday suggested that he will be offered a new contract but Wenger is not looking beyond this weekend's Premier League game.
"I have two years to go," he said. "What is important for me is Southampton [on Saturday] and I think I’ve shown my commitment to this club in the past.
"I’m an Arsenal man and I think I’ve always shown that. I have to consider if I do well or not. If I don’t do well, I have to consider my future.
"I’ve been at the club long enough to have confidence in the people I work with. But I will assess my own performances and then make a decision. At the moment we are not there.
"Two years is a long time in my job. I just want to do well for the club as long as I can and accept all the rest.
"At the moment I am not in the mood to think about the long-term future. We want to do well this season, that’s all."
Wenger will be 63 next month but he has not thought about how long he expects to be managing at the top level.
"I don’t know," he said. "I have to consider that at my age, you always have to assess if you have the fitness, the desire, the commitment that this job demands. Then of course you have to make your decisions.
"I hope I will be lucid enough and intelligent enough to assess my performance well. I just want to do well. I want to do well every day and I want to work every day."
Wenger has already built three title teams during his stay in north London and he believes that the current crop can make this a season to remember for Arsenal.
"It is a very special year for the club because we look like we have potential," he said. "What is important for us is that we fulfil our potential this season.
"We have a good attitude, good spirit and good potential - the only thing I am focused on is really to see how far we can go this season."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