Arsene Wenger gave cryptic confirmation that he has been offered a new deal at Arsenal – but was reluctant to say he will definitely stay.

Wenger who has been boosted by the return to fitness of German midfielder Mesut Ozil has held talks about a new three-year contract beyond his current deal which expires next summer.

But Wenger has insisted that he does not want to commit himself until later in the season and is desperate to end the club's eight-year trophy drought.

When asked whether he has been offered a new contract Wenger said: “Yes I didn't deny that.”

But when pressed on whether he wanted to stay Wenger said: “I said that many times. I don't think there is any need to come back on that. I just said what I said at the start of the season and nothing has changed.”

Wenger was further pressed on whether he sees his future at the club and he added: “I answered that question many times. I believe that what is important is the next game.

“I believe that when you manager at the club you have to prepare the long term always and act like you would stay forever.”

Wenger told Mirror Sport back in the summer on the pre-season of Asia that talks had begun he wanted to stay and yet also that it depended on the club being successful enough to make the fans happy.