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REPORT: Arsene Wenger Set To Sign New Two-Year Deal
Arsene Wenger will formally sign a new two-year contract extension within the next few weeks, according to reports today.
Wenger is in the final year of his current contract and the Arsenal hierarchy have made it clear they want to tie him down to a new deal after our excellent start to the new season.
Arsene has publicly stated he is in no rush to resolve his future but Goal claim the Frenchman has already agreed terms over a two-year extension and will officially sign within the next few weeks.
The report suggests Wenger will continue to be paid £7.5m per year but instead of getting a pay rise, the new contract will include performance-based add ons. Should he see out the new deal, Wenger will have been in charge for 20 years, which would be some achievement.
It remains to be seen how accurate Goal’s report is but my gut feeling is Wenger will sign a new contract and extend his stay at the Emirates. After years of frustration, this season feels like a ‘fresh start’ and the signing of Mesut Ozil has certainly given everybody associated with the club a huge lift.
If we can add at least one more top quality player, hopefully a striker, in January I see us making a real push for the title this season and I don’t see Arsene walking away from this squad just as it’s reaching it’s potential.
The board and owner Stan Kronke are fully behind him, Arsene has total control – which he wouldn’t get in any other job – so everything points to him staying for at least another season or two.
Wenger said last month:
“The good thing with me, if I have one quality, you don’t need a lot of talks to extend the contract I have. [I will sign] when we find time. I don’t think that’s the most important problem at the moment.
“I would love to be here forever because that would mean I would be immortal. What I would like to do as long as I’m here is to give my best for this club because I love the club, of course.
“I am very honoured to have the support of Stan Kroenke. That he thinks I can help the club is a huge confidence vote. I don’t believe that anybody can question my commitment to this club. I want to feel that I do well and then the question of me staying will be secondary after that.”
We might get some hints about Wenger’s future at today’s AGM but it’s highly unlikely an official announcement will be made.
He may have his doubters, but there’s no denying what Wenger has done for AFC is nothing short of remarkable. I’m not going to go into detail right now but I will say I think he deserves at least another two years to see how far he can take this squad.
With a couple more additions, it could be special, and it looks as though we’re finally prepared to spend what’s required to bring the best to north London.
Do you think Wenger deserves another two-year deal?