Arsene Wenger has revealed that his future at Arsenal is dependent on the squad being able to challenge for major honours, with the Frenchman insistsing he will assess his current crop's chances of competing before committing to a new deal at Emirates Stadium.
Wenger's current contract runs until 2011, with the Arsenal hierarchy understandably keen to tie him down to a new long-term deal. The Gunners chief has resisted the overtures of Real Madrid on several occasions and has made no secret of his desire to stay at the club, though he wants to wait until the summer before resuming talks about an extension.
"At the moment I want to finish as well as I can this year and then we can talk about it," Wenger said. "It's important for this generation to win, both this year and after we will see next year. But I still think we can win this year.
"My own personal future will depend on the capacity to win trophies, but as well to feel that this team is improving year after year because we are still very, very young."
It has been five years since Arsenal last won a trophy and the Gunners have their work cut out to end their drought this season, though they are still in the Premier League title hunt and could reach the Champions League semi-finals if they beat Barcelona at the Nou Camp on Tuesday.
Asked whether he would consider leaving Arsenal as a work in progress, he replied: "Well, ideally no, but at the moment my focus is more short term - to see that we finish well, and that we go to Barcelona and have a good chance of qualifying."