Arsene Wenger renews contract with Arsenal until 2019

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger insists he remains committed to helping the club win the Premeir League after signing a new two-year deal.

As well because this club cherishes the values I love. "He's highly ambitious and supportive as well so, on that front, we are all united with exactly the same targets", he told the club's website in an interview released on Wednesday. "This is a strong group of players and with some additions we can be even more successful", goal.com quoted Wenger as saying.

'We will be working on this during what will be a busy summer and look forward to another exciting season starting in August.

"I am grateful to have the support of the board and Stan (Kroenke) in doing everything we can to win more trophies".

'I know there has been significant speculation around this over the past 24 hours but it is important we do things in the right way which is why we have not commented until now.

Arsenal finished the season with yet another FA cup trophy - their seventh under Wenger- but could only manage a fifth-place league finish to miss out on the Champions League for the first time since he took charge in 1996.

Arsenal's Wembley win against Chelsea gave them a third FA Cup in four seasons and made Wenger the first manager in history to have won the tournament seven times.

Arsenal are expected to spend at least 100 million pounds on new players in the upcoming transfer window, which opens on July 1.

"Our ambition is to win the Premier League and other major trophies in Europe. Of course we'll try to strengthen our squad to be stronger next season, but we want to be faithful to the way we want to play the game", he said. Arsene is the best person to help us make that happen. "He has a fantastic track record and has our full backing", he added. "Everything we do is created to make that happen, and we will be working hard on and off the pitch this summer to improve and make a strong challenge next season", he said.

But it is 13 years since his last league triumph, the 2003/04 season when Arsenal went without a single loss, and some fans have called this season for him to be replaced. "The club has grown beyond recognition in every aspect in recent years and we have the platform to be successful and meet the ambitions we and our fans share".

  • Julie Sanders