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Thursday 18 September 2014

Wenger agrees new Gunners contract

Published 30/05/2014 | 13:02

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Arsene Wenger

Arsene Wenger has agreed a new contract to remain as Arsenal manager until 2017.

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The 64-year-old Frenchman, who is the longest-serving manager in the Barclays Premier League having taken charge in 1996, ended the club's long wait for silverware by winning the FA Cup earlier this month.

It was his eighth major trophy with Arsenal, leaving him with a haul of three Premier League titles and five FA Cup triumphs.

A new deal for Wenger had been expected in the wake of the latest FA Cup success, and the Gunners confirmed the three-year contract on Friday afternoon.

Wenger said: "I want to stay and to continue to develop the team and the club. We are entering a very exciting period. We have a strong squad, financial stability and huge support around the world. We are all determined to bring more success to this club.

"The club has always shown faith in me and I'm very grateful for that. We have gone through fantastic periods and also periods where we have had to stick together. Every time when that togetherness was tested I got the right response. I think I have shown some loyalty as well towards this club and hopefully we can make some more history. I am sure we can.

"We are entering a very exciting period. We have a strong squad, financial stability and huge support around the world. We are all determined to bring more success to this club."

Former Arsenal goalkeeper Bob Wilson, who served as goalkeeping coach in the early years of Wenger's Arsenal reign, told BBC Radio 5 Live: "This is a guy who works 24 hours a day all year round.

"He hates to lose and revolutionised the game in the country. Some say he has too much power but a guy who dedicates himself to it like he does, you cherish.

"Every club who has built a new ground in this country have all been relegated. Why? Because of the stranglehold of the debt of a new ground. Arsene and Arsenal have got through that stage by still qualifying for the Champions League."

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