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Arsenal’s future is looking bright: Arsene Wenger

Arsenal are in a ‘very, very strong position for the future’, manager Arsene Wenger said on Friday as an eighth season without a trophy reaches a nervy conclusion.

Wenger also played down any talk of him leaving the Gunners before his current contract ends next year and said he felt as committed to Arsenal as he has done since arriving in the red half of North London in 1996.

Arsenal are in a fight with their arch-rivals Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea for the two remaining Champions League places for next season as they seek to compete in the elite European competition for a 16th successive season.

They are currently fourth in the Premier League, two points above Tottenham and one behind Chelsea, and could consolidate their position on Saturday when they make the short trip across London to already-relegated Queens Park Rangers.

Spurs are at home to Southampton on Saturday while Chelsea travel to newly-crowned champions Manchester United on Sunday. Talking to reporters at the club’s London Colney training base in Hertfordshire, Wenger said: ‘We have gone through a period that was very sensitive, we are coming out of it now and everything is here to have a great future.

‘We have a good fan base, we now have a strong financial situation, we have good young players and a squad with a bright future.’


SATURDAY: Fulham vs Reading, Norwich vs Villa, Swansea vs Man City, Spurs vs Southampton, West Brom vs Wigan, West Ham vs Newcastle, QPR vs Arsenal
SUNDAY: Liverpool vs Everton, Man Utd vs Chelsea, Sunderland vs Stoke
MONDAY: Man City vs West Brom, Wigan vs Swansea
TUESDAY: Chelsea vs Spurs

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