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Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has "stunned" the club by saying he will not sign a new deal until the end of the season, claims Mark Irwin of The Sun (subscription required).
The Gunners boss has agreed "in principle" to stay for a further two years, says Irwin, but now he wants to wait until the end of the campaign before signing.
Irwin notes that Wenger was "hurt" by the 6-0 defeat at Chelsea on Saturday, which the Frenchman described as "an accident."
Wenger is quoted as saying:
After two convincing performances against Bayern Munich and Tottenham, you have to think that was an accident.
And just because an accident has happened, that doesn't mean you’re not a good driver.
How do you deal with the accident? You repair the damage and go back to basics for the next one.
Jeremy Wilson of the Daily Telegraph reports that the Emirates Stadium club are already making plans for life after Wenger with Roberto Martinez, Jurgen Klopp and Brendan Rodgers in their thoughts.