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Friday 27 April 2018

Success as important as ever to Wenger

ARSENE WENGER insists his "huge desire to win every single game" has not diminished during 17 years in charge at Arsenal.

The Gunners boss has taken his side to the top of the Premier League, but their lead was cut down to two points following the disappointment of a 1-0 defeat at Manchester United last Sunday. Wenger, 64, has yet to agree terms on a contract extension, with his current deal set to expire in the summer.

The French coach insists the hunger for more success burns just as fierce as when he first took charge at Highbury in October 1996.

Speaking in a Q&A on the club's official Twitter feed, the Arsenal manager said: "Certainly, I have a few more wrinkles (now) (but) what has stayed the same is the huge desire to win every single game."

Despite being in the game for so long, the former Monaco and Nagoya Grampus Eight coach – who has been linked with a move to big-spending Paris St Germain – insists he is learning all the time.

Asked what one decision in his career he would change, Wenger replied: "Every season you make wrong decisions. You have to go with your gut feeling sometimes, but you learn and analyse."

 

Distributor

The Gunners boss was also quizzed on where Jack Wilshere fitted into his current squad, having been somewhat overshadowed by the performances of Aaron Ramsey this season.

Wenger said: "His best position is as a deep-lying midfielder, where he can be a distributor. He has a good burst and vision."

Wenger felt his team paid a heavy price for their "nervous" opening at Old Trafford, where a goal from former striker Robin van Persie proved enough to settle matters.

German pair Per Mertesacker and Mesut Ozil will remain in London rather than link-up with Germany in Munich this weekend, but could still feature against England at Wembley.

Captain Tomas Vermaelen may also be rested from this week's friendlies, while striker Nicklas Bendtner has been told to leave Arsenal in the winter transfer window by his national team manager Morten Olsen.

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