ENGLAND - Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has told fans they have not seen the last of him after he ensured another top four Premier League finish and a spot in the Champions League.
Wenger's contract expires at the end of the campaign and the 64-year-old Frenchman has yet to sign a new one amid growing complaints from the terraces that it might be time for a change after 18 years of his stewardship.
The last nine of those have not seen them win a trophy but Wenger was steadfast in his commitment after they were handed fourth spot following Everton's 3-2 home loss to league leaders Manchester City on Saturday. "Look at me," he told reporters, arms outstretched when asked whether he would definitely be in charge for next season. "You will see me again. "Don't be impatient. My last time will come. You will get rid of me one day, don't worry."
Wenger's comments came after a Sunday stroll in the sun as they despatched struggling West Bromwich Albion 1-0 at the Emirates in their final home game of the season.
But it was not an entirely cheerful mood in North London with some fans protesting outside of the ground at the growing costs of watching the team as the sung "Arsenal till I'm skint".
They also unveiled banners that read "record commercial deals + greedy owners = poorer fans".
Revenues have been a hot topic at Arsenal, with British media reports suggesting a renewal for Wenger would only come if Arsenal ensured another season in the Champions League. "No no, its not linked to that at all," Wenger said. "It was of course important to be in the Champions League, that is for sure, but I have told you many times it is not linked to my commitment, linked to the fact that I feel I am useful. "I told you many times that my word is my word. I am from a period where you did not need a pen to commit."