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Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger will celebrate his 1,000th game in charge of the team at Chelsea on Saturday, and the Frenchman says his new deal at the club is nearing, reports Neil McLeman of the Daily Mirror.
Wenger's current contract with the Gunners ends this summer, but he maintains a new one will be signed shortly.
He is quoted as saying:
My commitment is full.
I do not want to look somewhere else. I want to stay here. There shouldn’t be any uncertainty at all.
My desire is to stay. It will be done soon, but I want now to focus on the end of the season.
Wenger's landmark match at Stamford Bridge drew a compliment from long-time adversary Jose Mourinho, albeit a back-handed one, reports Martin Lipton of the Daily Mirror.
The Chelsea boss is quoted as saying:
The club is fantastic in the way they support the manager, especially in the bad moments, and especially when the bad moments were quite a lot.
They are different, for the better. One thing is to keep their philosophy of nice football, of keeping the ball and controlling the game through possession.
But they are not the attacking team they were before. They are a very good defensive team. They defend well and quite a lot.
This is not the Arsenal of last year, two years ago or three years ago. They are a completely different side, for better, going a bit against their ideas of attacking football.
Another former rival, Sir Alex Ferguson, also added his praise for Wenger, according to Neil McLeman of the Daily Mirror.
I congratulate Arsene in reaching this momentous landmark. Having also reached the same milestone at one club, I cannot emphasise enough the level of dedication, resilience as well as sacrifice required and for that I have for the utmost admiration.
Over the years we enjoyed some fantastic battles and you could say we had survived together and respected each other’s efforts to play good football.
I always enjoy watching Arsene’s sides, Arsenal play the right way. Perhaps the biggest compliment I could give Arsene is that I could never be anything other than competitive with my rival for 17 years.