5 Reasons Why Arsene Wenger's New Deal Is Good News for Arsenal

James McNicholas@@jamesmcnicholasFeatured ColumnistMay 30, 2014

5 Reasons Why Arsene Wenger's New Deal Is Good News for Arsenal

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    After lifting his first trophy in almost nine years, Arsene Wenger is staying at Arsenal.

    According to the BBC's David Ornstein, Wenger has agreed a three-year deal that will tie him to the club until 2017.

    Despite the tensions of the last 12 months, most Arsenal fans will be pleased to see Wenger put pen to paper. They regard the extension as good news.

    Go to the next slide to discover why.

Another Chance for Glory

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    In 2013/14, no club led the Premier League for as long as Arsenal.

    As much as Wenger will have been delighted to lift the FA Cup, his ultimate aim remains to see the Gunners return to the summit of the Premier Leagueperhaps even the Champions League.

    Ending the wait for silverware feels like an important step along that road. To rob him of the opportunity to see that journey to its completion would seem cruel.

The Players Love Him

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    What was clear in the wake of Arsenal's FA Cup triumph was quite how much the manager means to the players.

    Speaking to the Daily Star after the game, Bacary Sagna was almost moved to tears by his elation at seeing Wenger finally lift a trophy:

    It's a relief. It's nine years since the club won a trophy so it was really important to win. I'm proud we have given the supporters a trophy and as a player I'm happy to win one.

    Arsene Wenger deserves it because he always believed in us. All these years he has been heavily criticised and we struggled. I'm happy for him.

    Although Sagna seems set to depart, the rest of the players share his admiration for the manager. They will be delighted to see him stay.

A Year of Progress

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    Both on and off the pitch, this has been a year of progress for Arsenal.

    On the commercial side of the club, new deals with Emirates and Puma give the Gunners the financial backing required to compete at the top end of the Premier League.

    On the field, they have added a trophy and sustained a long run at the top of the table.

    Arsene Wenger has shown he can help this team move forward. 

A Lack of Alternatives

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    One of the best reasons to stick with Arsene Wenger is a lack of obvious alternatives. Replacing a manager of Wenger's class is never easy—just look at what happened at Manchester United.

    This summer, United have had to turn to Louis van Gaal to revive their hopes. However, it's telling that the Dutchman wasn't even mentioned as a possibility when Sir Alex Ferguson stepped down a year ago.

    In the absence of a credible replacement, Arsenal are arguably best off sticking with Wenger. 

A Special Bond

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    Arsenal fans and Arsene Wenger share a special bond. Like any emotional relationship, it is sometimes fraught. However, there's no other manager the Gunners supporters would rather see bring consistent success to the Emirates Stadium.

    Arsenal's FA Cup win has alleviated the pressure on Wenger and reminded fans of why they originally adored him so much.

    That kind of attachment is rare in football, and it's something Arsenal fans should embrace.