Wenger to extend Arsenal reign

THE Arsenal board will urge manager Arsene Wenger to be more assertive in the transfer market this summer, according to reports.

It seems nearly certain that Wenger is going to come back to the Emirates Stadium.

Although confirmation is yet to come from the club, it is understood the deal was done at a board meeting involving Wenger, majority shareholder Stan Kroenke and chief executive Ivan Gazidis.

Wenger's preference has always been to stay, on either a one or two-year contract extension, but he has faced unprecedented criticism during a season in which the Gunners finished outside the Premier League's top four - and the Champions league spots - for the first time in his 21-year reign.

With Arsenal having beaten Premier League champions Chelsea 2-1 in the FA Cup final on Saturday, giving Wenger a record seventh success in the competition, it seems unlikely the Frenchman will quit. City remain confident that they can sign the South American star, despite strong interest from other clubs.

With the Gunners securing the manager's future, they will have to act quickly in order to sort out the futures of Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil.

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.

Will he stay or will he go?

Wenger, who has won the FA Cup three times in the last four years, showed how much the abuse had affected him last week when he spoke to the BBC before the Wembley showdown with Chelsea.

Wenger added: "Once the game starts and you are a fan, you stand behind the team, that is what I have not accepted this season and I will never accept it".

"It's not my person that is hurt but the impeccable image of the club around the world".

  • Julie Sanders