Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is set to sign a new three-year contract with the Gunners after their FA Cup triumph against Hull City, according to reports in the Telegraph.
The Frenchman’s contract runs out this summer and there was speculation that he may leave north London. However having led his team to a record-equaling 5th FA Cup triumph, he is now set to commit to a deal that will take him into his third decade as the Gunners boss.
The contract is reportedly worth £7.5 million a year and was offered him well before the FA Cup final, committing him to the club through to 2017. The 64 year old has now pledged to follow up his verbal agreement by putting pen to paper before he travels to the World Cup. A formal announcement is likely this week, potentially Wednesday or Thursday.
It further states that the board is set to hand their long serving manager a £100 million transfer kitty this summer. Karim Benzema and Mario Mandzukic are both high on Wenger’s list for a transfer with both players likely to leave their respective clubs in the summer. They are also in the market for a defensive midfielder and have made enquiries about Javi Martinez and Lars Bender.
Arsenal lifted their first trophy in 9 years in what many hope is the foundation of a new period of dominance. It was the culmination of a difficult period in the Gunners recent history in an effort to set the club up for decades to come. They fell short in the league again but the quality the team displayed before being decimated by injury deserved a trophy.
Wenger has always put the club before his own wonderful reputation and wittingly sullied his good name with a significant proportion of the fan base in his quest for self-sufficient success and stability. He could have left Arsenal over the past 9 years and still earned handsomely more elsewhere.
He always knew we would have some lean years and saw it as a challenge, to develop a winning team and build towards a sustainable future. He saw his plans pegged back as few players were forcing their way out in pursuit of trophies, but he still allowed himself to be desecrated to stay true to Arsenal and to his vision, which ultimately resulted in a FA Cup trophy.
The silverware could be a catalyst for this side to achieve bigger and better things and with few big name signings we can surely go for the League next season.
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