He told France Football: "I had my doubts, yes, at certain moments. You always have this type of thought when you come to the end of your contract. But where would I go? I mean, I've never entered into discussions with other clubs. David Dein leaving was something that was very difficult to accept at first, but as I've always said, I have a responsibility to a very young team, to players who I've brought here.
"I also have a responsibility in regard to the supporters and to the club who have always trusted me, away from the internal differences that there have been at the club. They've always had faith in me, letting me work how I want. It was a very difficult situation, which put me between David and the club a little bit. But even David is still, above all, an Arsenal fan. And he has always encouraged me to stay at the club."