Goal exclusively revealed on Friday that the Frenchman had turned down a £1 million-a-year pay hike before agreeing to extend his current deal.
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"I'm extremely motivated to stay for as long as possible but I accept that the next 1000 will be difficult," he told reporters.
"It's a privilege and an honour to manage 1000 games at this club. The club has always supported me. Time will tell if I managed to make this club bigger than it was when I arrived but I hope so.
"This club has given me a chance and I've turned many things down and shown my loyalty. Tomorrow I represent my club, I don't represent myself and I keep my personal feelings away from that.
"Today we can fight with the top clubs financially. I have to live with opinions from other people and accept them. The next period for us is to deliver trophies and competing with everyone at the top level. We have great players so I'm confident we can win trophies."
The Gunners travel to Stamford Bridge on Saturday for a top of the table clash with Chelsea and Wenger is feeling confident ahead of the game.
"It's the game of the season for us because it will be against a direct opponent," he added.
“The result tomorrow will be linked with the performance on the day. We are on a good run. We have a doubt over Rosicky, he will have a test today. Everyone else should be available."