Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has terms on two-year contract agreed
- Author: Julie Sanders May 31, 2017,
May 31, 2017, 9:05
Wenger's deal at Emirates Stadium is due to expire this summer and speculation over his future has been rife in the final months of the 2016-17 season.
Here are three immediate ramifications from the decision to extend Wenger's 21-year tenure.
The 53-year-old ex-England global also warned fans of the north London club who are upset at a fifth-placed finish in the Premier League that things could get even worse. This could really provide Arsenal with the opportunity to dominate the league while the competition are worn out by the gruelling games.
For the first time since 1996, the Gunners were fifth in the Premier League this season.
Wenger's preference has always been to stay, but the determining factor was how he believed the atmosphere around the club would be affected by him doing so.
It was the Gunners' third FA Cup triumph in four years and could appease fans who has been calling for the Frenchman's contract not to be extended.
It remains unclear whether the 67-year-old will continue as manager of the Gunners, despite capping a disappointing season with a record-breaking victory over the newly crowned Premier League champions.
A formal announcement of Wenger's new contract is expected to come on Wednesday.
"I'm sure he wants the best for the team and if he thinks that is the way to go you have to go with it, we are a team". But I sense he's going to stay anyway, so let's see what happens'.
Stan Kroenke, the majority shareholder, has stood firm in support of Wenger, even during the dismal run of form from the end of January to early April, when the team lost seven of 12 matches in all competitions.
Despite beating Manchester City in the FA Cup semi-final, Arsenal's superiority over rivals Tottenham all but ended with a 2-0 defeat in the north London derby as Spurs went on to finish above their neighbours for the first time since 1995.
'We are at the end of the season and a lot of players are exhausted and then there is a lot of pressure'.
"I'm in a public job, I accept to be criticised and people don't agree with me", he said.