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Wenger Close to Agreeing Extension, Says Report
Friday, Jan. 22
According to Martin Lipton of the Sun, the Frenchman’s ambition has been rekindled with the Gunners sitting top of the Premier League. His current contract is due to expire in under 18 months, and Lipton claims the extension would see the 66-year-old sign on at the Emirates Stadium until 2019.
Wenger is currently the Premier League’s longest serving manager by a distance, having joined the Gunners in 1996. Since then, he has transformed the football club, and they remain one of the elite sides in European football; the Frenchman has steered Arsenal to nine major trophies during his tenure, including three league title wins.
Lipton notes in his piece that aside from his team competing at the summit of the Premier League, the fact Wenger has been allowed to reshape the club’s scouting setup is also key to him wanting to stay on.
“Wenger’s micro-managing appears further evidence that his enthusiasm to stay and build on his existing Arsenal legacy remains strong,” he writes, noting longstanding chief scout Steve Rowley has recently been promoted to the head of scouting. Lipton also suggests an announcement over a deal new will come before the summer.
Although the veteran boss will go down as one of the all-time greats, he’s not been without his critics in recent years, with Arsenal having gone 12 years without being crowned English champions.
But after a dry spell without silverware, Wenger seems to have built a team which is ready to make that final step. Now it seems the legendary Arsenal manager is keen to see just how far this exceptional group of players can go in years to come.