Published: Thu, June 01, 2017
Sport | By Fredrick Flores

Arsenal set to rubber-stamp new Arsène Wenger contract


Arsenal's club board has little time to bask in the glory of Saturday's FA Cup triumph as they head into their most important meeting in years on Tuesday.

Nine wins from their final 10 matches saw the Gunners turn what looked like a disappointing season into a somewhat positive one with Saturday's FA Cup success moving Arsenal ahead of Manchester United as the most successful team in the competition's history.

Some fans have become increasingly frustrated with Wenger's failure to win a Premier League title since the "invincibles" side of 2003-04.

Wenger's contract was set to finish at the end of the current campaign.

Now they will miss out on those riches for the first time in Arsene Wenger's 21-year reign, after they finished fifth in the Premier League.

And the Daily Mail and Daily Mirror reported Wenger has informed American tycoon Kroenke, who remains a firm supporter of his manager, that he wants to remain in charge of the north London club.

"I think we have shown great support in him [Wenger] as well and for his trust in us".

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Unsurprisingly, Wenger is anxious to publicly discuss whether he expects the north London club to offer a new contract. Arsenal's electric start brought a deserved early goal , controversial though it was.

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Wenger has implied that he would like to stay at the Emirates and said after the defeat of Chelsea: "You can't have 35 years at the top level if you're not the right man to do the job".

Arsenal defender Per Mertesacker has revealed how he teamed up with Rob Holding to keep Chelsea striker Diego Costa quiet in the FA Cup final using special tactics to frustrate the Spain global. "You want to challenge your players, but you trust them when you send them onto the field".

With Laurent Koscielny, Shkodran Mustafi, Gabriel and Kieran Gibbs all unavailable in a defensive selection crisis, the former Germany worldwide was named in the starting line-up by Arsene Wenger for the first time since April 2016.

Asked if he would speak to the directors, he said: "The best presentation, watch the game and there can be no doubt".

"I've played until the end of my contract, which is today basically".

The Arsene Wenger era - a story that started at Ewood Park against Blackburn Rovers on 12 October 1996 - will extend further into its third decade after he agreed a two-year deal to stay as Arsenal manager. The more people that write me off, the stronger I get.

The former Gunners captain told the Guardian: "He said: "I've turned down every club in the world". Arsenal was completely dominant, something it was rarely able to claim over the past season.

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