Arsene Wenger has signed a new contract with Arsenal.
Click on the video above to watch our exclusive interview with the manager. A transcript is below.
on his future…I want to stay and to continue to develop the team and the club. I think I can do that and the club shares the same view so I will of course put full commitment in to try to do it.
on his new contract showing the faith the club has in him…Yes, because the club has always shown faith in me and I'm very grateful for that. We have gone through fantastic periods and periods where we have to stick together and every time when that togetherness was tested I got the right response. I think I have shown some loyalty as well towards this club and hopefully we can make some more history. I am sure we can.
on building another great Arsenal team…It's time for another one [to emerge]. It's the start of a new team and I believe [the FA Cup] victory was crucial in that belief. We have shown signs the whole season that we can be a great side and now it's [important] of course to have another successful season. We know we have to… have a successful June and July, that's where you strengthen the team. It's very important that we are good now in the next two months until the end of August, that we can give to the team some more quality and go into next season with the belief we got from [the FA Cup] win.
"It's the start of a new team and I believe [the FA Cup] victory was crucial in that belief"
on the fans expecting a big summer…Yes, they should expect that. What I can promise is that we work very hard on a market that is very, very congested with many people who have a lot of money. But we have a big advantage, players want to join us and if we find the right quality I'm sure we can strengthen the team.
on the club being in a strong position…I believe so because the fact that we have built a stadium, the fact that we have paid a big part of the debt back and the weight of the debt back now is not as strong and heavy as it was before. The fact that the Financial Fair Play rule comes in hopefully will stop [the] craziness that happened on this [transfer] market. With these two [things] together, I think we can fight on a more even level than before.
on this being Arsenal's time…We fight for that, we want moments like this [cup success] every year. We were close, it was a very close race in the Premier League and in the FA Cup we won it. We had a very hard run in the FA Cup when you look at the teams we played. We have shown remarkable consistency and spirit the whole season. We were a bit short in the end to win the Premier League but at least we have shown some quality.
on his message to the fans…My overall is message is personally I'm very grateful to the support the club has. This has become an immense club with the support we've got all over the world, and personally on behalf of everybody here at the club, the directors, the staff, the players, we are very grateful and thankful for that.
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