The contract talks begun a few weeks back but the club wanted to decide on the new chairman first before advancing the talks with Wenger. After announcing Sir Chips as the successor of Peter Hill-Wood, who stood down on Friday for health reasons after 31 years in the role, Arsenal will now resume contract talks with Wenger.
Reports at Goal stated :
Sources have told Goal that the Frenchman has already held preliminary talks with Emirates Stadium officials about extending his 17-year reign.
Negotiations will now be stepped up, with the club expected to sit down with Wenger this summer and offer an extension of at least two years to his current agreement, which expires in 2014.
The 63-year-old retains the complete faith of majority owner Stan Kroenke and the Arsenal board, and their endorsement could result in Wenger putting pen to paper before the start of the new season.
Despite his close relationship with Paris Saint-Germain’s wealthy Qatari owners, Wenger wants to remain at Emirates Stadium for personal as well as professional reasons.
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Wenger’s family are settled in London, with his teenage daughter hoping to complete her secondary education in the capital, and he believes he can develop a title-challenging team with a British core of Jack Wilshere, Theo Walcott, Aaron Ramsey and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain supplemented by proven foreign stars in the mould of last summer’s key signings Santi Cazorla and Lukas Podolski.
Wenger earlier in the season made it clear he has no intention of breaking his contract with Arsenal, which runs until the end of next season, and also said he is open to a contract extension if the club considers he is doing well.
He said to Independent :
I have answered that question already. I respect my contracts.
I want to stay if I do well, and if I consider, or the club considers, that I do well, that is all,” he said. I want this club to do well, that is my basic feeling. We have gone through a period that was very sensitive, we are coming out of it now, in a much stronger position financially. I believe the club is in a very strong position for the future.
Despite completing an eighth consecutive season without winning a trophy, the board remain convinced in the abilities of Wenger after his record of top-four finishes and success in navigating the group stages of the Europe’s flagship competition year after year.
Even Gazidis earlier this week dropped a hint that the club wanted their long-running manager to sign a new deal. There is a growing possibility that he could put pen to paper on a new contract before the start of next season.
Arsene Wenger cannot leave now. The Frenchman directed this club into a trophy drought and he can guide them out of it. Wenger has done a lot for us and we are just having a rough patch. He is the reason we are not struggling in mid-table like Liverpool. Now is the time to break the shackles and give Wenger some money to spend by which he can bring some quality into the side which he was devoid of from the past few seasons.
What do you think Gooners?