True to popular prediction, Arsenal Football Club and Arsène Wenger have agreed a two-year extension to his contract as manager. This came after a fairly ‘successful’ end to the season with the unexpected but rewarding defeat of Chelsea in the FA Cup.
Arsenal’s majority shareholder, Stan Kroenke while announcing the contract extention stated that: “Our ambition is to win the Premier League and other major trophies in Europe. It’s what the fans, players, staff, manager and board expect and we won’t rest until that is achieved. Arsène is the best person to help us make that happen. He has a fantastic track record and has our full backing.”
It was also hinted that Arsène Wenger and CEO, Ivan Gazidis have conducted a full review of on and off the pitch activities of the Gunners to identify areas for improvement to build a sustained title challenge.
In response, Wenger, who is still basking in the euphoria of winning the FA Cup for a record-breaking seventh time on Saturday, 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.
“I am grateful to have the support of the board and Stan in doing everything we can to win more trophies. It’s what we all want and I know it’s what our fans around the world demand.”
Alluding to Wenger’s statements, Ivan Gazidis stated that: “There is no complacency anywhere at this club. Our goal is to compete for and win trophies here and in Europe. Everything we do is designed to make that happen and we will be working hard on and off the pitch this summer to improve and make a strong challenge next season. The club has grown beyond recognition in every aspect in recent years and we have the platform to be successful and meet the ambitions we and our fans share.”
While it has been a bitter-sweet season for Arsenal, the expectations of most fans was that Wenger should exit the Club due to the relatively poor showing in the Premiership and Europe for upwards of 13 years. With the announcement of the new contract, it looks like they will have to wait a few more years.
This reality was already mentioned on this platform in the past. There is a special relationship between Wenger and the Board at the Emirates; it is not about to end – not yet!