Arsene Wenger To Sign New Arsenal Deal On Wednesday
- Author: Julie Sanders May 31, 2017,
May 31, 2017, 8:34
Arsenal, instead, signed Granit Xhaka from Borussia Monchengladbach for £35 million ($45 million) but the Swiss struggled this season, picking up 13 yellow and three red cards. The 'Wenger Out Brigade, have made banners, protested and even hired planes and vans to get their message across.
Banners with those words have been seen not only at Arsenal games, but at tennis tournaments and other soccer games all over the world, as disgruntled Gunners fans voice their displeasure with the Frenchman.
Wenger first took to the Arsenal dugout in 1996, with this new deal seeing him into his 23rd season with the Gunners.
"For once I have kept my medal", said the Arsenal manager, who usually gives them away to staff members.
The 67-year-old will meet the Arsenal board at a meeting on Tuesday where his future will be a topic of discussion.
Wenger was also dismissive of the notion that his record-breaking FA Cup success, after previous wins in 1998, 2002, 2003, 2005, 2014 and 2015, might have an impact on the talks about his position.
"As a team we were not at our best".
"You've got to add up his achievements - the league wins, the cup wins, until this season 20 years in the Champions League".
The new contract, which is expected to be announced sometime Wednesday, will keep Wenger on the sideline through at least 2019, extending his tenure as manager to 23 years.
Neither Chelsea, as champions, nor Arsenal, as Cup winners, will hold the traditional celebratory parade through the streets because of security concerns after 22 people were killed in the Manchester bombing last week.
"I'm lost for words really - I never thought I'd experience this", the England Under-21 global added.
What I know is that he was brilliant on Saturday when we won the FA Cup by beating Chelsea 2-1.
"The only way the board should have let him run down his contract is if they had private assurances he was staying".