Arsene Wenger comments on fresh links to Barcelona

Arsene Wenger Press Conference Smiling - 16/02/2014

Legendary Arsenal boss also commented on Tottenham's season ahead of North London Derby at White Hart Lane.

It's somewhat strange to think that at various points over the last few seasons certain sections of Arsenal support have been vocal in their criticism of Arsene Wenger, even to the extent that some wished for a change in manager.

A glance across North London may show the folly of such a move, as rivals Tottenham consider their own, seemingly regular managerial change.

Arsenal's nine trophy less years haven't seen any diminishing of their manager's status in the game, and amid rumoured interest from Barcelona, as reported in the Evening Standard, Wenger was quick to emphasise his commitment to the Gunners despite his contract expiring at the end of the season.

"My commitment is here and nowhere else," the Frenchman told the pre-match press conference.

Gerardo Martino has come in for criticism for Barcelona's recent disappointing form, with momentum in the La Liga title race shifting to Madrid with both Real and Atletico leapfrogging them.

With the players Martino has at his disposal, a third place finish will surely see him replaced, and few men are better equipped than Arsene Wenger when it comes to taking on such a talented footballing group as Messi, Iniesta and co.

As committed as he appears to be to the Arsenal cause, the Gunners board may have to move sooner rather than later to dissuade any high profile suitors such as the Catalan outfit.

Going on to comment on the huge visit to White Hart Lane, Wenger was surprisingly positive about Tottenham's season.

"Tottenham is a difficult ground to go to for everybody," he said.

"I still think it takes time when you bring in many new players but you cannot say Spurs had a bad season."

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