Having only just signed his two year extension at the club, Arsene Wenger has little time to rest on his laurels.
The meeting between the owner and the manager suggests that the board and fans had no tangible influence on Kroenke’s decision to award Wenger a new contract. Neither were consulted or heard on matters regarding his contract, the current malaise at the club or the lack of structure surrounding Wenger and his team.
However, if Wenger is going to succeed in the upcoming years, then there are a number of objectives the club will need to meet this summer:
1. Deal with dwindling contracts
Contract negotiations seem particularly arduous for Arsenal Football Club.
The club, not for the first time, have allowed two of their greatest assets to dwindle their contracts into the final 12 months of their agreements. To allow one key player to stall over his deal to this point is foolish, to allow two is intolerable.
Rumours have circulated that Özil is on the brink of signing a new contract at double his weekly wage. Reports also suggest that Oxlade Chamberlain is keen to put pen to paper.
However, the greatest test will be persuading Arsenal’s star man Alexis Sanchez to stay.
With 24 goals and 10 assists in the Premier League this season, the Chilean is hot property.
Arsenal have the money to match his demands – however unlike Özil and Chamberlain, one must assume that money is only half the battle.
Sanchez demands the club meets his ambitions.
He is in the prime of his career and needs the club to recruit special talent to help him accomplish his aspirations.