Arsene Wenger agrees new three-year contract with Arsenal
Arsene Wenger has agreed to a new three-year deal with Arsenal that will keep him at the club till 2017. The deal is expected to be signed and announced on Saturday.
The 64-year-old had stalled on contract talks this season and many expected the Frenchman to leave if Arsenal went a ninth year without a trophy. Those doubts were however put to bed when Arsenal beat Hull City to win the FA Cup and win their first trophy since they won the FA Cup in 2005.
But at the same time, Wenger has overseen a period where Arsenal moved from Highbury to the Emirates Stadium and also ensured that the club qualified for the Champions League for 17 consecutive seasons.
Wenger said: “I want to stay and to continue to develop the team and the club. We are entering a very exciting period. We have a strong squad, financial stability and huge support around the world. We are all determined to bring more success to this club.
“The club has always shown faith in me and I'm very grateful for that. We have gone through fantastic periods and also periods where we have had to stick together. Every time when that togetherness was tested I got the right response. I think I have shown some loyalty as well towards this club and hopefully we can make some more history. I am sure we can.”
If he sees out the entire duration of the contract, the new deal will see Wenger in charge of the North London club for a total of 21 years ever since he was signed in 1996 to replace Bruce Rioch.
More to follow.