Arsene Wenger agrees two-year Arsenal contract

Planes with "Wenger Out" signs attached were flown above the Emirates in recent weeks as the drive to see the most successful manager in the club's history walk away hit fever pitch.

Sky Sports News HQ reporter Ian Bolton said: "It is my understanding that Arsene Wenger is going to stay at Arsenal".

"We believe that Arsene Wenger has the support of the Arsenal board and, perhaps significantly, the support of majority shareholder Stan Kroenke".

And the Daily Mail and Daily Mirror reported Wenger has informed American tycoon Kroenke, who remains a firm supporter of his manager, that he wants to remain in charge of the north London club.

Arsene Wenger's Arsenal future is in doubt no longer, as the Premier League's current longest serving manager is expected to extend his stay by another two years, with an official club planned statement on Wednesday.

The 67-year-old Frenchman, who is out of contract next month, has come in for criticism and calls to go from some Arsenal fans during a mixed season which saw the club fail to reach the Champions League for the first time in 19 years but also win the FA Cup.

Arsenal reiterated that timetable today, saying the outcome of talks will be announced on Wednesday afternoon.

The unsettled Arsenal stars are holding out for weekly wages of around £300,000 ($385,000) per week with their present deals due to expire at the end of next season. Arsenal are not in the Champions League next season. In his first nine seasons at the helm, Wenger led them to three Premier League titles and four FA Cups. This has definitely helped restore Arsenal's season but coming fifth in the league and being humiliated 10-2 on aggregate against Bayern Munich in the last 16 of the Champions League has really put the Arsenal boss under huge pressure.

Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud is keen to play regular football next season ahead of the World Cup and is not deaf to interest from Ligue 1 clubs in the summer.

  • Julie Sanders