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Published: 14:39 | 7/10/16

Cazorla in the dark over Wenger plans


Santi Cazorla feels Arsene Wenger could carry on as Arsenal manager beyond the end of his current contract.

Wenger, who is in the final season of his current contract at the Emirates, has recently been linked with the England manager’s job and has said he would be open to taking on the role once he has no club commitments to contend with.

Arsenal chief executive Ivan Gazidis insists the club are relaxed about the situation while the Football Association could decide to make a move for him were he to decide to move away from day-to-day management.

Cazorla admits the players are in the dark over his plans for the future but he would not be surprised if he were to extend his stay at the Emirates.

"The truth is we do not have that feeling in the dressing room,” Cazorla told Spanish broadcaster Cope on its This is Football podcast. "The boss has not indicated that this will be his last year. Not at all.

"He is fully focused on this season and I do not know what he is planning for the future. Today I do not rule him (out of) continuing another season because he has not said he will leave.

"It is in his hands and he is the one who has to make the decision, but today I would say that he may continue."

In his 20 years at the club, Wenger has won three Premier League titles and the FA Cup on six occasions and Cazorla is confident the Gunners can challenge for honours this season.

"Arsene is an icon at the club. He has spent 20 years here and every bit of praise to him would not be enough," he said.

"There was a time when fans demanded the club to fight for the Premier League title again or do something big in the Champions League.

"We were aware of that and I hope the club can take a step forward and Arsenal can be fighting for big things this season."

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