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According to the BBC and David Ornstein, Arsene Wenger held a meeting with Stan Kroenke today (Monday) ahead of tomorrow’s scheduled board meeting.
The majority shareholder was in town and attended Saturday’s FA Cup final win in a suit that looked like it belonged to Bugsy Malone’s grandfather.
The report suggests that the Frenchman’s future will have been decided and that the decision will be relayed to the board tomorrow.
It’s widely believed that Wenger will sign a two year deal, taking him through to the end of the 2018-19 season, and that some background changes will be made.
The 67 year old was opposed to a Director of Football who would have final say over decisions he believes should be made by the manager, but did say he was open to working with people who would make his job easier.
The club are expected to go public with the decision on Wednesday, putting an end to months of painful, damaging silence, and once there’s clarity in that matter then the focus will turn to the playing staff.
There are decisions to be made about Alexis Sanchez, Mesut Ozil, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Kieran Gibbs, Jack Wilshere and Wojciech Szczesny – all of whom are heading into the final 12 months of their contracts.
There are fringe players who need to be moved on and, of course, other acquisitions made with Wenger already on record to say the club need one or two top quality players.
Whatever happens, it promises to be a busy off-season.