March 7, 2017 / 6:15 AM / 4 months ago

Wenger focuses on 'bigger picture' for Arsenal future

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Britain Football Soccer - Arsenal Training - Arsenal Training Ground - 6/3/17 Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger during training Action Images via Reuters / John Sibley Livepic

REUTERS - Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger, whose contract expires at the end of the season, will make a decision about his future based on the "bigger picture" and not a recent slump in form.

Having lost to Watford, Chelsea and Liverpool in recent weeks, the North London club are effectively out of the Premier League title race, while they are unlikely to overturn a 5-1 deficit to Bayern Munich in the Champions League on Tuesday.

"You do not make this kind of decision focusing on one result or two bad results," the 67-year-old told British media.

"You have to take a bigger picture and see if you can you take this club to the next level, take yourself to the next level. Are you ready to pay the price for that?

Britain Football Soccer - Arsenal Training - Arsenal Training Ground - 6/3/17 Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger shakes hands with Arsenal's Alexis Sanchez during training Action Images via Reuters / John Sibley Livepic

"But as well this decision is not necessarily linked with two weeks out of 20 years you know so that's basically... I don't feel I box myself in a corner."

Wenger, who has been in the job since 1996, reiterated his stance that he needed to see how his fifth-placed side finished the current season before making up his mind.

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"I haven't come to a decision yet. I'll wait a bit and see how the season finishes here," he added.

"I've been here for 20 years and think I've built the club up. It's important for me that we're always successful and that's why I've given myself a bit of time."

Following their midweek European clash against Bayern, Arsenal will shift focus to FA Cup quarter-final against fifth-tier Lincoln City on Saturday.

Reporting by Hardik Vyas in Bengaluru

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