Arsene Wenger on Mario Gotze, his future and fighting for all competitions
Written by Jeffrey on November 23, 2011 4:30
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger was full of praise for Borussia Dortmund’s Mario Götze but revealed that the Gunners are not interested in the youngster.
Speaking on Tuesday in his press conference, the Frenchman explained that it’s no surprise that the 19-year old is wanted by Europe’s top clubs as he is a very good player but did add that the Gunners have no intention of signing players during the January transfer window as the squad is big and the objective is to keep all players together, including of course striker Robin van Persie.
Asked if the Gunners will fight for all four competitions, the manager declared that the main priority is to win the English Premier League and Champions League but since they are still in all competitions, no particular prioritisation is made at the moment.
And on his future, the Arsenal boss concluded by again insisting that his future as manager should not be in doubt as he is fully committed to the Gunners and will probably be in charge also after his contract runs out, in 2014.
On Tuesday, the manager said:
[If we are after Mario Götze?] He is a very good player, I’m not surprised that there is a lot of interest in him but from our side I don’t think that at the moment this would be the best to talk about it.
At the moment, in [respect to] the transfer window, we are interested just in keeping our squad. We have a big squad and we are not after anybody.
[If we can challenge on four fronts?] We don’t prioritise at the moment. We have a priority, for us, it’s the Championship and the Champions League but we go for every competition and after you choose when you have to.
[If my 2014 contract is the last one?] Well, 2014 is a long time in football, it’s three more years but as long as I can walk properly and be healthy, I want to do the job I love.
[Per Mertesacker?] I’m very happy with Per Mertesacker, the critics are very harsh indeed but we’re a big Club so we have to accept that.