English Premiership

Wenger to extend stay

2013-06-06 16:22
Arsene Wenger (AFP)
London - Under-fire Arsenal manager, Arsene Wenger is understood to be offered a new contract by the club.

The Daily Mail’s website reports that Arsenal chief executive Ivan Gazidis has confirmed he wants Wenger to extend his contract beyond the end of next season.

His current deal expires at the end of the 2013/2014 season, where it is understood that he has attracted interest from other clubs.

Wenger’s former club, AS Monaco and Paris St Germain are understood to be lying in wait for Wenger’s signature should he become available.

Gazidis reassured the club that he does not plan to part ways with the Frenchman, despite a section of the Gunners fan base seeking a change in management.

“We think we have got a fantastic manager,” said Gazidis.

“We hope he wants to do what he is doing for the long term. I believe he does. I think he is still ambitious, still driven and sees the potential of the club as he looks forward and I think he is very excited by that.

“We have a great relationship and he has a great relationship with the board. So, quietly and at the right time I think we will make an announcement on that when things are all put in place.

“We have got a lot of confidence in Arsene that he is the right person to take the club forward and I think he will want to do that. This is going to happen very quietly behind closed doors, privately and then there will be an announcement.”

Wenger joined the Gunners in October 1996, winning the title in his first full season and qualifying for the Champions League in every year since but he has not won a trophy wince Arsenal won the FA Cup in 2005.

“This is a club that has had remarkable consistency in terms of its manager, football philosophy and support from the board and our principal owner for the manager,” said Gazidis.

“It is pretty much unmatched, through some difficult periods as well. So if it is consistency players are looking for, Arsenal would be a very attractive place to come.”


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