Wenger proud of Gunners achievement

first_img Negotiations over the deal were lengthy and, although Wenger is adamant he always wanted to sign, he would not be drawn on whether victory in the cup final played a part in his decision. “I don’t want to answer that question,” he replied when asked if there would have been doubt over his future without the trophy win. “Was it always going to happen? Certainly. I always said the same thing, I want to think that I have done well for the club. My motivation was never at stake, I always wanted to stay. “But as well I wanted to feel that I had done a good job. The fact that we could not win was going on my mind and it was important for me to feel like I was doing a decent job. “I never look behind me at what is done. I look in front of me. I’m always turned forward. We have won the cup but we want to win more and we want to come back and fight for more, what is done is done.” A fourth Premier League crown would be Wenger’s ideal target for this coming season, with another assault on the Champions League also in his mind. With the extra money now at his disposal, he believes things are more even in Arsenal’s fights with the elite. “I would say that the balance of power is a bit more even than it was five or six years ago,” added Wenger. “With the financial fair play added to the fact we have more financial power than five years ago it gives us a better chance. “The last two seasons it has changed because we had the financial power to do it, the seasons before we could not and I was sitting here saying where do we go next, but we managed to get into a better position.” Press Association In the intervening years after leaving Highbury, Wenger still managed to guide Arsenal to top-four finishes in every season and finally ended his trophy jinx with a 3-2 win over Hull in May. With the purse strings also loosened as the loans taken out to build their new home were repaid, Wenger has finally been able to flex his muscles in the transfer market – breaking the club’s transfer record last year to sign Mesut Ozil and acquiring Chile forward Alexis Sanchez this simmer. But it was those years of battling against free-spending sides like Chelsea and Manchester City, as well as rivals such as Manchester United and Liverpool, which Wenger admits he may remember more fondly in the years to come. “I accepted the challenge when I signed my contract knowing what would happen,” he said. “Personally, I think it was the most sensitive and important period of my career here – it was exciting to keep the club at the level with less resources. “Did we do well or not? The only thing I can say is that we were consistent at that level but maybe we lacked some quality to really win it. “The only thing I can assure you is that I gave absolutely everything to do as well as I could. Is it enough? You’ll never know. Could someone have done better? You never know.” With the FA Cup success behind him, Wenger penned another contract extension at the club, with the new three-year deal taking him up until 2017. Arsene Wenger believes keeping Arsenal competitive in their barren years has been the most important achievement of his reign. Winning last season’s FA Cup final gave the Gunners their first piece of silverware in nine years, a trophy drought which had seen some question whether the 64-year-old Frenchman was still the right man to take the club forward. Having delivered three Premier League titles since taking charge in 1996, Wenger has also overseen a move to the Emirates Stadium – a decision which left the club unable to compete financially with other title rivals for almost a decade. last_img read more

Formula 1: Lewis Hamilton says he is considering which team to drive for in 2021

first_imgLewis Hamilton says it is “smart and wise” to consider carefully which team to drive for in 2021.The 34-year-old has one year to run on his contract with Mercedes and is at the centre of speculation about potential interest from Ferrari.“I love where I am, so it is definitely not a quick decision to go and do something else,” Hamilton said.“So it is only smart and wise to sit and think about what I want if it is the last phase of my career.”The world champion refused to confirm or deny reports that he has met with Ferrari chairman John Elkann twice this year.“Whatever you do behind closed doors is always private whoever you meet with,” he said.But he emphasised that he had never thought about leaving Mercedes since joining them at the start of 2013, since when he has won five world championships to add to the one he won with McLaren in 2008. “For many years, I have never considered other options,” Hamilton said, after winning the season-ending Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.“We have been on our path and we are still on it and there is very little that will shift it from that.“Naturally I want to keep winning. I can’t tell you what will happen going forwards.”Hamilton’s success with Mercedes has brought him to within touching distance of the all-time records in F1 held by Michael Schumacher.Hamilton’s Abu Dhabi win was the 84th of his career and he is now only seven short of Schumacher’s tally of 91. And next year he will start as favourite to equal Schumacher’s championship record. Mercedes F1 boss Toto Wolff said he believed there was a strong possibility that Hamilton would sign a new contract with Mercedes next year.“I would rate it – and I am leaning out of the window here – at 75%,” Wolff said.“I give you the number because I think from the rational side everything speaks for continuation of the relationship from both sides. But equally there is a 25% chance we are not in control of. So we see how the next months pan out.”Asked about the potential appeal to Hamilton of a lucrative offer from Ferrari, Wolff said: “We have talked very openly about Ferrari and what the brand represents. But for me as long as we are able to produce a quick car and a powerful engine, we will always have an opportunity to decide who drives the car.“There is no doubt Lewis’ priority will be to try to make it work with the team and I will try to make it work with Lewis, but the most important is that we have a good car and then we are able to decide for ourselves. “A driver of that level will always know he can make an impact in a team. What I am considering is when he left McLaren to Mercedes it was said it wasn’t the right move and it proved to be right.“I don’t want to make the mistake of underestimating Ferrari’s potential. I don’t want to see a sense of entitlement for us to win a seventh or eighth title.“We need to stay humble about success and it is not just saying, it is really what I mean. If you look at it from a rational stand-point everything speaks for the fact of us continuing together but there might be other factors, too, a new challenge an exciting deal that you don’t always factor in, but I give this a 25% chance.”last_img read more