Arsenal Manager Arsène Wenger To Sign Three-Year Contract

Arsène Wenger has been rewarded with a £22.5 million, three-year contract for ending Arsenal‘s nine-year trophy drought.

The Gunners came from 2-0 behind to defeat Hull City 3-2 after extra time in Saturday’s FA Cup final, and Wenger all but confirmed he would extend his 17-and-a-half year stay in north London. The Frenchman is likely to sign his new deal before he flies to Brazil to work as a pundit for French television at the World Cup.

The length of Wenger’s contract reflects the trust majority shareholder Stan Kroenke and chief executive Ivan Gazidis have shown in him. Last season, Jack Wilshere, Aaron Ramsey, Kieran Gibbs, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Theo Walcott all signed long-term contracts, while Per Mertesacker and Tomáš Rosický inked extensions this year, as the club aim to mount a credible Premier League title challenge.

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Wenger did, however, warn supporters an ascension from fourth to first in the space of a season would be “difficult”.

“You have to accept that in England the Premier League is very tough,” Wenger said. “You look at the top four this year, you have no Man United, no Everton, no Tottenham, these clubs have invested a huge amount of money and the club that have won the Premier League have invested an incredible amount of money, so it’s difficult to beat them. But we’ll try.”

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  • Arsenal v Hull City – FA Cup Final

    LONDON, ENGLAND – MAY 17: Arsene Wenger manager of Arsenal celebrates victory with players after the FA Cup with Budweiser Final match between Arsenal and Hull City at Wembley Stadium on May 17, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)

  • Arsenal v Hull City – FA Cup Final

    LONDON, ENGLAND – MAY 17: Arsene Wenger manager of Arsenal is showered with champagne by Lukas Podolski as they celebrate victory after the FA Cup with Budweiser Final match between Arsenal and Hull City at Wembley Stadium on May 17, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Paul Gilham/Getty Images)

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    Arsenal’s French manager Arsene Wenger (R) holds the trophy as he stands next to his players after winning the English FA Cup final match against Hull City at Wembly Stadium in London on May 17, 2014. Aaron Ramsey scored an extra-time winner as Arsenal ended their nine-year trophy drought by coming from two goals down to beat Hull City 3-2 in a gripping FA Cup final. AFP PHOTO/GLYN KIRK == NOT FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING USE / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE == (Photo credit should read GLYN KIRK/AFP/Getty Images)

  • Arsenal v Hull City – FA Cup Final

    LONDON, ENGLAND – MAY 17: Captain Thomas Vermaelen of Arsenal (2R) lifts the trophy in celebration alongside Lukas Podolski (L), Mikel Arteta (2L) and Arsene Wenger manager of Arsenal (R) after the FA Cup with Budweiser Final match between Arsenal and Hull City at Wembley Stadium on May 17, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)

  • Arsenal v Hull City – FA Cup Final

    LONDON, ENGLAND – MAY 17: Captain Thomas Vermaelen of Arsenal passes the trophy to Arsene Wenger manager of Arsenal (R) after the FA Cup with Budweiser Final match between Arsenal and Hull City at Wembley Stadium on May 17, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)

  • Arsenal v Hull City – FA Cup Final

    LONDON, ENGLAND – MAY 17: Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain of Arsenal and Arsene Wenger manager of Arsenal celebrate victory after the FA Cup with Budweiser Final match between Arsenal and Hull City at Wembley Stadium on May 17, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Paul Gilham/Getty Images)

  • Arsenal v Hull City – FA Cup Final

    LONDON, ENGLAND – MAY 17: Wojciech Szczesny of Arsenal and Arsene Wenger manager of Arsenal celebrate victory after the FA Cup with Budweiser Final match between Arsenal and Hull City at Wembley Stadium on May 17, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Paul Gilham/Getty Images)

  • Arsenal v Hull City – FA Cup Final

    LONDON, ENGLAND – MAY 17: Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain of Arsenal and Arsene Wenger manager of Arsenal celebrate victory after the FA Cup with Budweiser Final match between Arsenal and Hull City at Wembley Stadium on May 17, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Paul Gilham/Getty Images)

  • Arsenal v Hull City – FA Cup Final

    LONDON, ENGLAND – MAY 17: Arsene Wenger manager of Arsenal and Steve Bruce, manager of Hull City react during the FA Cup with Budweiser Final match between Arsenal and Hull City at Wembley Stadium on May 17, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Paul Gilham/Getty Images)

  • Arsenal v Hull City – FA Cup Final

    LONDON, ENGLAND – MAY 17: Arsene Wenger manager of Arsenal looks thoughtful during the FA Cup with Budweiser Final match between Arsenal and Hull City at Wembley Stadium on May 17, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)

  • Arsenal v Hull City – FA Cup Final

    LONDON, ENGLAND – MAY 17: Arsene Wenger manager of Arsenal (R) lifts the trophy in celebration alongside Lukas Podolski (L), Mikel Arteta (2L) and Thomas Vermaelen (2R) after the FA Cup with Budweiser Final match between Arsenal and Hull City at Wembley Stadium on May 17, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)

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    Arsenal’s French manager Arsene Wenger celebrates winning the English FA Cup final match between Arsenal and Hull City at Wembly Stadium in London on May 17, 2014. AFP PHOTO/ADRIAN DENNIS
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    Arsenal’s French manager Arsene Wenger celebrates winning the English FA Cup final match between Arsenal and Hull City at Wembly Stadium in London on May 17, 2014. AFP PHOTO/ADRIAN DENNIS
    NOT FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING USE / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE (Photo credit should read ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP/Getty Images)

  • Arsenal v Hull City – FA Cup Final

    LONDON, ENGLAND – MAY 17: Arsene Wenger manager of Arsenal celebrates victory after the FA Cup with Budweiser Final match between Arsenal and Hull City at Wembley Stadium on May 17, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

  • Arsenal v Hull City – FA Cup Final

    LONDON, ENGLAND – MAY 17: Arsene Wenger manager of Arsenal celebrates victory after the FA Cup with Budweiser Final match between Arsenal and Hull City at Wembley Stadium on May 17, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)

  • FBL-ENG-FACUP-ARSENAL-HULL

    Arsenal’s French manager Arsene Wenger celebrates winning the English FA Cup final match between Arsenal and Hull City at Wembly Stadium in London on May 17, 2014. AFP PHOTO/ADRIAN DENNIS
    NOT FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING USE / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE (Photo credit should read ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP/Getty Images)

Arsenal are said to have made £100m available for Wenger to spend this summer, although it is highly unlikely someone as parsimonious as Wenger will take the Gunners’ spending into nine figures. Manchester City midfielder James Milner has recently emerged as a target.

Wenger, however, must be braced to lose Bacary Sagna, possibly to Manchester City, while Łukasz Fabiański confirmed after the Cup final he had played his last game for Arsenal. Both players are out of contract this summer.

Sagna could become the fifth Arsenal player to join City in the last five years after Emmanuel Adebayor, Kolo Touré, Samir Nasri and Gaël Clichy all moved north. Fabiański has enjoyed a superior season than Arsenal No.1 Wojciech Szczęsny and Wenger must mull over whether to recruit a reserve goalkeeper or someone who will challenge the Pole.

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19 May 2014 | 8:27 am – Source: huffingtonpost.co.uk
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