Arsene Wenger toAremain in charge at Arsenal after signing a two-year deal ending all the speculation over his future.
Calls for Wenger to step down had intensified over the last weeks of the season, with many Arsenal fans believing the time had come for the most successful manager in the club’s history to end his 21-year spell in charge.
Wenger, who has won three Premier League titles since joining Arsenal in 1996 but none since 2004; extends his reign at the London club into a 22nd season and beyond.
The club announced in a statement on Wednesday: “Arsenal Football Club and Arsene Wenger have agreed a two-year extension to his contract as manager. AArsene and chief executive Ivan Gazidis have conducted a full review of our on and off the pitch activities; to identify areas for improvement to build a sustained title challenge.”
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Wenger said: “I love this club and I am looking forward to the future with optimism and excitement. We are looking at what we do well and how we can be stronger everywhere. This is a strong group of players and with some additions we can be even more successful. We’re committed to mounting a sustained league challenge and that will be our focus this summer and next season.”
The new deal finally ends a year of uncertainty that by Wenger’s own admission badly damaged Arsenal’s Premier League campaign; as the Gunners finished in fifth place after a two-month slump marked by fan protests and divisions.
Wenger has faced unprecedented criticism from fans and pundits alike this season but strengthened his case for staying in charge; by delivering a third FA Cup triumph in four years on Saturday ; setting a record both among clubs (13) and managers (seven) in the process.
He said after that 2-1 win over Chelsea at Wembley that he was still the right man for the job, and he received the backing of the club board at a meeting on Tuesday.