Arsene Wenger will remain at Arsenal for the long term according to chief executive Ivan Gazidis. The Arsenal boss is now entering the final year of his contract but received a lot of criticism last year despite steering Arsenal in to fourth place after looking down and out in March with defeat at arch-rivals Tottenham Hotspur.
Wenger continued his impressive record of appearing in the Champions League every season since he began his tenure in 1996 but has struggled to challenge for honours and has now gone eight years without a trophy, the 2005 FA Cup being their last. Losses to Championship side Blackburn Rovers and League Two club Bradford City in the domestic cup competitions prolonged a wait for a cup, while they narrowly missed out in the Champions League on away goals to eventual winners Bayern Munich.
Gazidis said: “We have got a fantastic manager. We hope that he wants to do what he is doing for the long term. I believe he does.Quietly and at the right time I think we will make an announcement on [a new deal] when things are put in place.”
Despite Wenger’s lack of silverware, the Frenchman remains a popular figure at the club and has the board’s full support. Certain sections of Arsenal supporters turned against their manager last season but Gazidis still expects Wenger to commit his future at the Emirates. He has been dedicated to keeping the club’s finances afloat and with the stadium debt almost paid off and lucrative sponsorship deals signed, Wenger may start to get repaid for his faith and allegiance to finance management.
“We have a great relationship and he has a great relationship with the board as well.We have got a lot of confidence in Arsene that he is the right person to take the club forward.We want to be a club that is competing at the very top end of the game and that means competing to win the Premier League and competing to win the Champions League.” Gazidis added.
Talks are expected to start in the next few weeks with the club hoping an agreement can be struck before the start of the new season. Wenger said he would analyse where the club are and how he could improve them, if he feels he can no longer take them forward, he could quit the club next summer
Paris Saint Germain has been strongly linked with the Gunners boss and will try and tempt him to the capital of France with the manager out of contract but a deal is in place for the former Nagoya Grampus Eight manager to extend his stay in London to two decades.
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