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Arsenal’s Robert Pires has confirmed he would like to stay at the club despite not being guaranteed an extension to his current deal which expires in 2006.

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has said he will continue with his policy of offering only one-year deals to older players and with Pires turns 32 in October.

“I believe it will be decided at the end of this season.

“I hope they want me to stay on. I hope they do because I love Arsenal.”

Wenger confirmed last week that Pires is not guaranteed another year’s extension when his current deal runs out in 2006.

“He has no option any more in his contract. He has the extra year already, which finishes in 2006,” said Wenger.

“Then, if he wants to talk about an extension to his contract, it is different. There is no option because I have taken this option.

“He will be 33 next year, and then we will go from year to year.”

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