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Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger expects an announcement on a new contract on ‘Thursday or Friday’.

The Frenchman’s current contract expires at the end of the current season and he has been holding talks on a new deal for a number of weeks.

Wenger revealed that he feels he has a ‘responsibility’ to the team he has helped develop during his time at the club.

“Am I still motivated to go on at Arsenal? Yes absolutely. I am very motivated,” Wenger told RMC radio.

“With all the young players I signed, I feel a kind of responsibility.

“I am in talks with Arsenal. I can’t see any drawback to extend. There will be some news on Thursday or Friday.”

The sale of Thierry Henry to Barcelona in the summer cast a shadow over Arsenal’s preparations for the new season, but an unbeaten start to the Premier League campaign and qualification for the Champions League, has lifted the gloom at the Emirates.

“We had a nice start to the season. We still have our technical game, and we have a young team, that has got a little more experience,” Wenger added.

“We lost the star of our club, Thierry Henry, so it has changed something indeed.

“But you know may be it has pushed the youngsters to take on more responsibilities.

“It is a little early to take stock after three matches at home. Our real challenges will be away from home against the big teams.

“I believe the Premier League title will be set during the direct oppositions among the biggest teams – Arsenal, Chelsea, Manchester United and Liverpool.”

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