Arsene Wenger has insisted that he had not considered walking away from Arsenal for "one second" despite revealing he would leave it later than ever before to decide his future.
The Frenchman declared his desire to see out his contract, which expires at the end of next season, and his faith in himself as a coach were undiminished by arguably the biggest crisis of his 16 years at the club.
However, four days after reacting angrily to suggestions that he was negotiating a new deal, Wenger admitted he was operating on a "short-term plan" and said he would not decide until next year whether to carry on as manager, reports the Telegraph.
Wenger has been under pressure to step down from what appears a growing number of Arsenal supporters, but he retains the full backing of the club, who did not even discuss his future at their recent board meeting.
They were also comfortable with the 63-year-old's revelation, pointing out he always waited until the final year of his contract before agreeing an extension.
Wenger, however, has never left it quite as late as he plans to with his current deal, suggesting it would take him that long to make up his mind. (ANI)