Arsene Wenger has admitted he is already planning for next season despite the huge uncertainty currently surrounding his future at the club.
The Frenchman is yet to confirm if he will stay on when his contract expires in the summer although he has insisted he has made a decision.
The expectation is that Wenger will stay on with the 67-year-old having reportedly been offered a new two-year deal.
The Arsenal boss has now hinted that he will remain in north London as he is already making plans for next season.
“Of course I plan for next season,” Wenger said via ESPN. “That’s why I told you, do I stay for two months or 10 years, I plan for [the future]. I do my job exactly the same.”
Wenger also insisted that the uncertainty surrounding his future should not affect the club’s transfer plans and that players will always want to play for the Gunners.
“I think Arsenal is a world brand today that is respected all over the world. And the Arsenal name is bigger than my name,” he explained.
“And coming to Arsenal is more important. You don’t come to Arsene Wenger you come to Arsenal.
“At the moment we are not in a transfer mode, but we analyse where we have to strengthen. We are not in contact at the moment, or in negotiation, with players.”
Arsenal have slipped to sixth in the table after a string of poor results and take on Manchester City with Wenger insisting his team still have the character to show their quality.
“I’m still convinced they’ve got that and it’s a good moment to show it,” he said.
“But the self-esteem of the group is not set in stone, it’s linked as well with the last result. And the confidence linked with the last result drops. But where the character comes in is the desire to fight against it and to fight together.”
Wenger’s words only confirm the growing feeling that he will indeed stay on and all that seems to be missing now is official confirmation of his new deal and how long it is due to run for.