Wenger set to sign new two-year Arsenal deal


Jeremy Corbyn has taken time out from general election campaigning to offer his support to Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger.

Arsene Wenger, Manager of Arsenal looks on prior to kick off during the Barclays Premier League match between Swansea City and Arsenal at Liberty Stadium on March 16, 2013 in Swansea, Wales.

Arsenal's Olivier Giroud lifts the trophy and celebrates with team-mates at the end of the English FA final against Chelsea at Wembley Stadium May 27, 2017.

Wenger and club owner Stan Kroenke met on Monday to determine the Frenchman's future, with the decision relayed to directors at a board meeting on Monday.

And after the Gunners finished fifth and therefore failed to qualify for the Champions League, many fans were hoping Wenger would leave the club this summer.

The Frenchman has been at the helm for nearly 21 years and, despite a section of supporters calling for him to depart this summer when his contract expires, he is now expected to further that stay after holding talks with Arsenal's board on Tuesday.

"I just want to do well for the club".

In the most tumultuous season of the Frenchman's 21 years in charge, he's managed to cling on to power, despite an increasing core of supporters demanding the club sack their most successful ever manager.

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Wenger will outline his plans for close-season signings and while there may still be some tinkering with his backroom staff it will not be without his approval.

But Wenger has been told he will retain control of the key areas of team selection and transfers.

So, to fellow Gunners out there, all that is left to do is hope for the best, and have faith that Arsenal may bounce back next season and triumph as they did during "The Invincibles" season (2003/04). By signing a new contract, Wenger - who had been earning £8.9 million per year - extends his Gunners tenure to 23 years.

"I believe there's a difference between being criticised and being treated in a way that human beings don't deserve", he said. I will never forget it.

"It's not my person that is hurt but the impeccable image of the club around the world. He's very athletic. You've got to get the ball to him".

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