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One team in London? I respect all clubs - Conte responds to Wenger

01 April 2017

He said: 'It started well but it has become rather disappointing'.

City have won their last three away but each of these victories have come over sides now in the bottom half and after their victory at Old Trafford early on in the season they've since lost and failed to score in all three of their trips to top-seven sides. His message for the City game was plain.

"I believe as well we are in the position where we do not have to find easy excuses".

There was a smile, a bit of humour as well; there were also plenty of questions, asked from all possible angles, but try as they might, the journalists gathered at Arsene Wenger's pre-match press conference on Thursday could not get an answer out of the Arsenal manager.

"Is my situation causing instability?"

The 67-year-old, who has been in charge of the Gunners for more than 20 years, has not revealed anything about his future but says he has made a decision.

"No, we won't look for excuses". Indeed, the Citizens have struggled somewhat against their competitors for European spots all season as they're just W2-D3-L4 against top-seven teams and as a result we're certainly going to take them on at 2.2.

Many interpreted his words as a desire to move to Chelsea, which would further reinforce the possibility that he will leave before his contract expires in 2018. And, on Wednesday, the Chile forward appeared to flirt with the Premier League leaders - who are 19 points clear of Arsenal - while promising to see out his contract.

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More disappointment in the Champions League has been followed by a disastrous run of results domestically as the Gunners now face a real task of finishing in the top four this season.

"I'd like to stay in the city but with a team that is winning things", Sanchez said, to which Wenger replied: "How do I interpret his comments?"

Wenger added of Sanchez: "I think he's happy here".

"You have to be very cautious when people give interviews in their home country".

"I think he's a fantastic manager, I admire him as a person", Bernstein, speaking at a Cogress Investor Club event this week, said of the under-fire Frenchman. "I can understand that completely".

Like Sánchez, Mesut Özil will enter the final 12 months of his contract in the summer and the club will wait until then to discuss terms with both players.

Arsenal chairman Sir Chips Keswick said recently the club's season had been "rather disappointing" but did not offer any clarification about Wenger's future.

"I was in a very hard position sometimes and I've always chosen Arsenal but one day it will stop".