Guardiola backs Wenger to silence critics

Arsene Wenger says he takes comments from Alexis Sanchez that he wants to finish his contract with Arsenal as a positive, despite the fact it has led to increased speculation about links with Chelsea.

"I personally believe both of them (Sanchez and Ozil) want to stay".

When asked why he appeared so relaxed, after the global break which was entered into with the frightful loss away to West Bromwich Albion, Wenger's reply was illuminating.

The one big issue with all of this is that any transfer target will obviously want to know who he is playing under regardless of why he's joining, but Wenger said that nothing has reached that stage yet.

Asked about Arsenal losing their top stars in the past, he replied: "That is true that it happened before when we were in positions where we had to sell financially our best players. We are not in contact at the moment, or in negotiation, with players", he added.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is more concerned with arresting the worst slump of his long career in the Premier League than making his career plans public.

Wenger said his future is "not completely sorted", with a new two-year contract understood to be ready to sign, but he insists his preparations for next year have not been hampered ahead of a crucial clash with Manchester City, live on Sky Sports' Super Sunday.

Wenger is also convinced that players join the club to play for Arsenal and not because of him.

Six of Arsenal's last nine matches have ended in losses, sending them to sixth on the league table and a humiliating 10-2 aggregate loss to Bayern, sent them packing from the champions league.

"I would prefer Arsenal to be winning a lot", Guardiola said.

"Although Wenger has faced protests from small sections of supporters organised by minor fans' groups in recent weeks, the AST's opposition to the 67-year-old signing a two-year extension is significant given they are the most influential and recognisable voice of the club's fanbase", says the London Evening Standard. "I don't see anything negative in what he said".

Former FA chairman Bernstein has never made any secret of his admiration for Wenger, even if he would not comment on how much he may have wanted him as England boss during his tenure. "I think, if I created something, it is stability".

And if Ozil is determined to show his class and help Arsenal to end the season strongly then it also tells me that Mesut is going to stay with Arsenal. "I am just in a place that I don't want to be".

"No, I believe the priority in life is always to focus on what is important and not to look for excuses", he said.

  • Salvatore Jensen