Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger looks set to sign a two-year deal when he meets with the board on Tuesday, having reiterated his desire to remain at the Emirates Stadium until at least 2019.
According to the Times, Arsenal’s majority owner Stan Kroenke is believed to have offered Wenger a new deal which has been on the table for some time, and an announcement over the Frenchman’s future will be made on Wednesday or Thursday.
Despite endless criticism from supporters, pundits and media outlets, Wenger still believes he’s the best man for the job. There have been many managers linked to be his successor – Juventus’ Massimiliano Allegri and Atletico Madrid’s Diego Simeone mentioned this season – but the Arsenal man wants to ensure the club have the pieces in place to thrive in the future.
Finishing fifth in the Premier League table but winning a third FA Cup trophy in four seasons, it’s been another bittersweet campaign at the Emirates Stadium. The lows of Arsenal’s 10-2 aggregate defeat to Bayern Munich in the Champions League haven’t been forgotten, but the resurgence in the final two months of the season has softened the blow.
Arsenal aren’t believed to have planned for Wenger’s exit this summer and are pursuing transfer targets with his input, which suggests managerial continuity going into next season. The club’s second largest shareholder Alisher Usmanov wants a Director of Football to work along Wenger, a clause which Sky Sports allege has held up contract talks.
Confirmation of his stay will be made this week. It’s unknown what terms will be agreed upon, however.