Martinez delays Scharner talks
Wigan boss Roberto Martinez said Paul Scharner's future will be dealt with at the end of the season.
By Hayley Paterson
Last Updated: 17/04/10 1:11pm
Wigan boss Roberto Martinez said the future of Paul Scharner will be dealt with at the end of the season as the club's fate is his first priority.
Scharner has been with the Latics for just over four years but is out of contract this summer, with Fulham and Stoke both linked with the 30-year-old midfielder.
The Austrian was also the subject of much controversy during the side's midweek draw against Portsmouth as he reportedly argued with team-mates at half-time and then was believed to have gone straight home as soon as he was substituted.
However Martinez said his first concern is maintaining Wigan's top flight status before dealing with player contracts.
"We're in a position where we need to stay in the Premier League, and that's our aim," said the Spaniard.
"There are six clubs fighting to avoid the remaining two relegation places, and that's not going to change until late in the campaign.
"We need to sort that out first, which is our priority, and then at the end of the season we will sit down and see how Paul (Scharner) is feeling, and we'll make a decision.
"Paul has been here long enough, he knows the club well enough, and I'm sure he'll have the right feeling to determine his future."
Martinez also said Scharner's reaction to the goalless draw was expected and that the former SK Brann player was experiencing a 'mixture of emotions'.
"We were all frustrated with what happened on Wednesday, even more so when you look at the stats - we had 24 attempts on goal - and you don't get a result," said Martinez.
"With Paul, he wasn't happy with himself, with the performance, the result, with being substituted. It was a mixture of emotions.
"But everything was controlled in the right manner. There was nothing disrespectful."
Martinez is likely to be without the injured Hendry Thomas for the visit of Arsenal, while defender Gary Caldwell completes a three-match ban.
Wigan are aiming for their first league win over the Gunners after a run of eight defeats and a draw since being promoted to the top division.