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Wenger to stay for eight more years

Wenger is in his 12th year as manager of the north London team but he shows no sign of losing his enthusiasm for the job.

sports Updated: Feb 22, 2008 20:25 IST
Wenger is in his 12th year as manager of the north London team but he shows no sign of losing his enthusiasm for the job.

Arsene Wenger will stay at Arsenal for at least another eight years, according to the club's managing director Keith Edelman.

Wenger is in his 12th year as manager of the north London team but he shows no sign of losing his enthusiasm for the job.

The French coach has built a vibrant young team that leads the Premier League by five points and Edelman is confident the prospect of working with the likes of Cesc Fabregas and Emmanuel Adebayor will keep Wenger at the Emirates Stadium for years to come.

"I don't think it's something we're contemplating at this juncture. He has just the other day announced he has a hunger to go on forever," Edelman said.

"He won't go on forever, that's an exaggeration on his part, but I don't think it will be my problem.

"I've got another seven or eight years to go (at the club) and it won't be my worry."

It has been suggested Wenger's influence at the club is so strong that it is inevitable he will take up a position on the Arsenal board of directors.

But Edelman believes the boss has enough on his plate already without adding to his workload.

"He's pretty busy as manager at present. He does attend board meetings, he is a participant to our meetings but he is terribly busy," he said.

"To put that extra responsibility on him when he is running the team - it's unfair to do that. There are lots of responsibilities of directors and extra work and we want him to focus (on the team) at the moment."