Arsene Wenger's future will depend on how Arsenal perform this season - and how £42.5m signing Mesut Ozil settles in

Frenchman's contract runs out in June and he is not in talks over a new deal

Arsene Wenger’s future at Arsenal will be determined by the success of the new team he will build around Mesut Ozil.

The Arsenal manager has just one year left on his contract at the Emirates but said he would consider how well the team has done this season before committing himself to the club for the future. Arsenal have not won a major trophy - or finished in the top two in the Premier League - for eight years, but with the £42.5m arrival of Ozil from Real Madrid, optimism is back.

The decision on Wenger’s future, then, will not be made until it is clear how good this new Arsenal team is.

“We are in no hurry,” Wenger said. “We are in September and my contract finishes in June. There's a long way to go. There is no need to plan.”

The performance of the team, he said, will be the decisive factor.

“I have said many times I want to do well with this club and in the end I will sit down and think how well have I done with the team I have had. That has to be sufficient for me to decide yes or no.”

When asked again whether the team’s success would decide his future, Wenger was clear: “One of the main judgements you can have about a manager is how well he does with his team.”

The last few years have not been particularly successful at Arsenal, with no trophy since the FA Cup in 2005 and only third or fourth finishes in the Premier League since then too. But Wenger can point to the signing of Ozil – for almost three-times the previous club record fee – as a message suggesting a new era of success and optimism at the Emirates after a period of enforced austerity.

“We had to go through some years when I signed a long-term contract where we had some restricted financial potential. And the target was to stay in the Champions League in this period and we managed to do it. We are now in a strong position financially.” 

Wenger had acquired a reputation as a man reluctant to spend money but insisted that spending the £42.5m sat easily with him, as his main issue is with teams heavily spending borrowed or benefactor wealth.

“Not at all,” Wenger said, when asked if the fee jarred with him. “There are two things that are completely different. One, I fight for the teams to spend the money they had made and not the money they have artificially earned. Once they have made that money I am happy to spend it.”

Beyond that, Wenger was keen only to spend big on the very best players, as he has now done.

“As you know as well, what is very important for us is to find world-class players. There are not plenty around. The best thing is to spend the money in a very efficient way that means you strengthen the team and spend the money you can afford. I'm confident that with Ozil we have done that.” 

Wenger admitted his surprise that Real Madrid let Ozil go, and suggested it was because having signed Isco and Gareth Bale, they needed to get rid of some of their star attackers.

“Honestly I think it was linked with the Bale transfer. I don't know exactly what happened inside the club in Madrid. Was it down to financial reasons? Was it down to the fact that when they bought Bale they had Isco and they had to let somebody go? I was surprised, yes.”

Suggested Topics
PROMOTED VIDEO
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Arts and Entertainment
From Mean Girls to Mamet: Lindsay Lohan
theatre
Sport
Nathaniel Clyne (No 2) drives home his side's second goal past Arsenal’s David Ospina at the Emirates
footballArsenal 1 Southampton 2: Arsène Wenger pays the price for picking reserve side in Capital One Cup
News
Mike Tyson has led an appalling and sad life, but are we not a country that gives second chances?
peopleFormer boxer 'watched over' crash victim until ambulance arrived
Arts and Entertainment
Geena Davis, founder and chair of the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media
tv
News
i100
Travel
travelGallery And yes, it is indoors
Life and Style
tech
Arts and Entertainment
The Tiger Who Came To Tea
booksJudith Kerr on what inspired her latest animal intruder - 'The Crocodile Under the Bed'
News
i100
Arts and Entertainment
British actor Idris Elba is also a DJ and rapper who played Ibiza last summer
film
News
Alan Bennett criticised the lack of fairness in British society encapsulated by the private school system
peopleBut he does like Stewart Lee
Caption competition
Caption competition
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?

Bleacher Report

Daily Quiz
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Day In a Page

Syria air strikes: ‘Peace President’ Obama had to take stronger action against Isis after beheadings

Robert Fisk on Syria air strikes

‘Peace President’ Obama had to take stronger action against Isis after beheadings
Will Lindsay Lohan's West End debut be a turnaround moment for her career?

Lindsay Lohan's West End debut

Will this be a turnaround moment for her career?
'The Crocodile Under the Bed': Judith Kerr's follow-up to 'The Tiger Who Came to Tea'

The follow-up to 'The Tiger Who Came to Tea'

Judith Kerr on what inspired her latest animal intruder - 'The Crocodile Under the Bed' - which has taken 46 years to get into print
BBC Television Centre: A nostalgic wander through the sets, studios and ghosts of programmes past

BBC Television Centre

A nostalgic wander through the sets, studios and ghosts of programmes past
Lonesome George: Custody battle in Galapagos over tortoise remains

My George!

Custody battle in Galapagos over tortoise remains
10 best rucksacks for backpackers

Pack up your troubles: 10 best rucksacks for backpackers

Off on an intrepid trip? Experts from student trip specialists Real Gap and Quest Overseas recommend luggage for travellers on the move
Secret politics of the weekly shop

The politics of the weekly shop

New app reveals political leanings of food companies
Beam me up, Scottie!

Beam me up, Scottie!

Celebrity Trekkies from Alex Salmond to Barack Obama
Beware Wet Paint: The ICA's latest ambitious exhibition

Beware Wet Paint

The ICA's latest ambitious exhibition
Pink Floyd have produced some of rock's greatest ever album covers

Pink Floyd have produced some of rock's greatest ever album covers

Can 'The Endless River' carry on the tradition?
Sanctuary for the suicidal

Sanctuary for the suicidal

One mother's story of how London charity Maytree helped her son with his depression
A roller-coaster tale from the 'voice of a generation'

Not That Kind of Girl:

A roller-coaster tale from 'voice of a generation' Lena Dunham
London is not bedlam or a cradle of vice. In fact it, as much as anywhere, deserves independence

London is not bedlam or a cradle of vice

In fact it, as much as anywhere, deserves independence
Vivienne Westwood 'didn’t want' relationship with Malcolm McLaren

Vivienne Westwood 'didn’t want' relationship with McLaren

Designer 'felt pressured' into going out with Sex Pistols manager
Jourdan Dunn: Model mother

Model mother

Jordan Dunn became one of the best-paid models in the world