He told the Observer: "My ambitions are very, very high and, I think, realistic. I want to be at a level where, as a club, we are winning things, not just every four or five years, but one or two trophies each year. That's what I think this club has in its pocket. I have won the Uefa Cup with Feyenoord and the FA Cup with Arsenal. I saw what it did to people in our big family – the fans and the whole club – and it makes life a lot easier. Some people might think my view is extreme, but that is what I want, and I want to do it here. I am not a guy who gives up. Otherwise I wouldn't be here."
So can he give an assurance he will be at Arsenal this time next year?
"Yes. I have a contract until 2011."
What about an extension?
"It hard to say anything about it now. But put it this way. I have a friend who says the grass always looks greener in your neighbour's garden. He is right."