Wenger will extend contract with Arsenal – Gazidis

ARSENE-WENGER-HAPPYThis piece of news is bound to anger some Arsenal fans as chief executive Ivan Gazidis claims he there is a new deal for Arsene Wenger on the table and he is confident Wenger will sign on and snub PSG.

Ivan Gazidis, the chief executive, is refusing to publicly disclose the details of any discussions with Wenger, whose contract expires next year, but says that he does anticipate an announcement “when things are all put in place”.

Wenger joined Arsenal in 1996 and, following the retirement of Sir Alex Ferguson, is already the longest serving manager of a Premier League club by fully 14 years and also the longest serving boss at any major club in world football.

Arsenal and Wenger have generally agreed three-year contracts in the recent past and, if that was repeated, a new deal would take him to 2017 and beyond 20 years at the club.
“We think we have got a fantastic manager,” said Gazidis. “We hope that he wants to do what he is doing for the long term. I believe he does. I think he is still ambitious, still driven and sees the potential of the club as he looks forward and I think he is very excited by that.

“We have got a lot of confidence in Arsene that he is the right person to take the club forward and I think he will want to do that.

“We have a great relationship and he has a great relationship with the board as well. So, quietly and at the right time, I think we will make an announcement on that.

“What I really don’t want to do is have a public discussion about Arsene’s contractual position. That would be a daily, weekly fixture on the public coverage if you start getting into that.
“This is going to happen very quietly behind closed doors, privately and then there will be an announcement.”

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