Following Arsenal's FA Cup final triumph over Hull City it seemed like it would only be a matter of time before it was made official, and as reported by Sky Sports, Arsene Wenger agreed to a new deal with the club on Friday.
The French manager suffered through a difficult 2013-14 campaign but bounced back by winning the Gunners their first trophy in nearly nine years. The FA Cup was apparently enough for the board to offer Wenger a new deal that will keep him at the club until 2017.
The club made the news official:
Piers Morgan was one of many to break the news on Friday:
BREAKING NEWS: Arsene Wenger has agreed a new 3-year contract to stay as Arsenal manager until 2017. Official. #afc— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) May 30, 2014
The TV personality has always been one of Wenger's biggest critics, and he unsurprisingly wasn't satisfied with the news:
To his credit, he took the news like a man, though one has to wonder exactly how long he'll make this promise last:
I will also now throw my support behind Wenger for the duration of his new contract. While reserving the right to be critical. #afc— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) May 30, 2014
It didn't take long for the first players to congratulate their manager. Aaron Ramsey seemed excited about the team's future:
Congratulations to the boss on signing for another 3 years, looking forward to building on last season's success #WengerSigns— Aaron Ramsey (@aaronramsey) May 30, 2014
If Wenger sees this deal through, he'll have been in charge of the club for 21 years, which seems like eternity in modern football. ESPN FC's James Dall couldn't help but remind people:
Wenger's got this. pic.twitter.com/hxTsSD4KxW— James Dall (@JamesDallESPN) May 30, 2014
Squawka's Jack Watson thinks this new deal will define Wenger's career at the club:
The next three years are the biggest of Arsene Wenger's career. If he falls into the same desperate loss of form as 05-11 he's in trouble.— Jack (@JackWatson_) May 30, 2014
Wenger's first few seasons in charge of the Gunners were a rousing success, with three Premier League titles and four FA Cup wins lifting the team to new heights.
However, nearly nine trophyless years had plenty of fans questioning whether the Frenchman would present the club with their best chance of success in the future, and one FA Cup win did little to change that.
Eurosport's Tom Adams was sceptical of the new deal, without being too critical:
Unconvinced that three more years of Wenger is quite what Arsenal need but let's see how it plays out.— Tom Adams (@tomEurosport) May 30, 2014
European Football thought the deal perhaps was a bit generous toward Wenger:
One cup & three more years. Not a bad ratio, Wenger.— European Football (@CL_football) May 30, 2014
Life of Barawayne didn't hide his opinion:
This particular fan was more impressed with Sky Sports' coverage of the news:
Wish Sky Sports News would make it clearer Wenger's signed a new contract. pic.twitter.com/TDCMjkOjZZ— Luke McCabe (@LukeMcCabeBambi) May 30, 2014
ESPN's Janusz Michallik immediately turned his gaze on the future of the club, as the next three years will give both the club and Wenger a chance to find the right man to succeed the French manager at the club:
Wenger signs. Congrats! Hope he and Arsenal will be mindful to look long term and identify the right successor.— Janusz Michallik (@JanuszESPN) May 30, 2014
Three more years of Wenger obviously means three more years of coat-jokes:
With Wenger, Arsenal are choosing stability over the uncertainty of their first manager in nearly two decades.
The club won't have to scramble for a new manager during a summer already filled with the World Cup, and instead can focus their attention on the transfer market.
Whether Wenger will be able to deliver Premier League glory to the Gunners for the first time since The Invincibles remains to be seen, but at this point in time, there seemed to be few alternatives.
Arsenal witnessed first-hand how difficult it can be to replace a legendary manager, and the example set by Manchester United in 2013-14 no doubt influenced the decision to give Wenger three more seasons.