Arsene Wenger: Arsenal boss refuses to answer questions over future

Arsene Wenger
Arsenal are sixth in the Premier League table, six points off fourth place with five games left

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger continued to refuse to answer questions over his future as he joked that he was mistaken to say he would have decided whether to sign a new contract by now.

Wenger, 67, has been Gunners boss since 1996 and his current deal expires at the end of this season.

In February, he said he would decide on a new contract in March or April.

Speaking before Sunday's home match with Manchester United, the Frenchman joked: "That means I was wrong."

He added: "I don't want to speak about my personal case any more."

Some supporters have protested against the long-term manager this season, brandishing banners at games with the message: "Wenger Out".

Sunday's defeat by rivals Tottenham leaves Wenger's side sixth in the table and in danger of failing to qualify for the Champions League for the first time in 20 years.

Premier League table

Trailing Manchester City by six points, albeit with a game in hand, Arsenal need their rivals to slip up if they are to have any chance of sealing a top-four place to ensure entry to Europe's top club competition.

"Now even winning all our games does not guarantee it, it's not completely in our hands. But we have to win the games, that's all we can do," added Wenger.

"We were disappointed with last weekend's result but sometimes the best thing is to have a big game straight away again and we want to bounce back."

Ozil and the White Hart Lane door

Wenger also confirmed that Mesut Ozil kicked a door in frustration following the 2-0 defeat by Tottenham - a loss that means Spurs will finish above their north London rivals for the first time since 1995.

Reports suggested the Germany playmaker had reacted angrily after being told he had to undertake a random post-match drug test.

"I am sorry that he kicked the door but I don't think his frustration was towards the drugs test, it was towards the game," Wenger said.

"I did not speak about it then because I only heard about it today. I don't know what really happened but it is always good to get the player's version."

There are also questions over Ozil's future at the club, with the 28-year-old midfielder's contract set to expire at the end of next season.

But Wenger provided no update on talks over renewing his deal.

When asked by a journalist whether reports Ozil was having the driveway of his house resurfaced suggested he would be staying, the Frenchman replied: "Oh! That's a good conclusion."

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