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:
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:
It didn't take long for the first players to congratulate their manager. Aaron Ramsey seemed excited about the team's future:
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:
Squawka's Jack Watson thinks this new deal will define Wenger's career at the club:
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:
European Football thought the deal perhaps was a bit generous toward Wenger:
Life of Barawayne didn't hide his opinion:
This particular fan was more impressed with Sky Sports' coverage of the news:
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:
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.
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