Arsenal have put to rest what appears to be the most protracted and highly debated football contract ever in the history of football management after confirming on Wednesday that Arsène Wenger has signed a new two-year contract.
Having being at the helms at Arsenal for more than two decades already, Wenger has declared his love for the Gunners isn’t going to end anytime soon by extending his contract with the club on fresh terms at the Emirates Stadium.
Following months of unrest among groups of Gunners fans, with many becoming frustrated about a perceived lack of progress under Wenger, the 67-year-old’s contract was ratified at a board meeting on Tuesday.
It is understood Wenger told American owner Stan Kroenke of his wish to stay before the meeting and despite resistance from some board members to the Frenchman staying even after Saturday’s FA Cup final victory, Kroenke ultimately decides on Wednesday.
“I love this club and I am looking forward to the future with optimism and excitement,” Wenger said in a statement published on the club’s official website after putting pen to paper.
“I am grateful to have the support of the board and Stan in doing everything we can to win more trophies.
“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.
“The message to the fans is in aid of the club. Let’s be together to support our players, to support the club and all give our absolute best to be at the level that we want to be.
“We can move up to the next level, I’m convinced of that, by having faith in the way we want to play football and by supporting the players we have already.
“Of course we’ll try to strengthen our squad to be stronger next season, but we want to be faithful to the way we want to play the game. We want to support this way [of playing] all together.”
Arsenal, who ended a disappointing 2016/17 season by winning the FA Cup, will now embark on their pre-season tour next month before facing Premier League winners Chelsea whom they beat 2-1 at Wembley on Saturday in the Community Shield Cup on August 6th.