Wenger signs new two-year contract with Arsenal

Wenger's subsequent travails have turned that relationship increasingly toxic, so it was inevitable that Wednesday's announcement that he has signed a new two-year contract would be greeted with disdain by many fans.

Meanwhile, a fair number of Arsenal fans, who once believed that Wenger could do no wrong, had turned on him, demanding he walk away from the club, even resorting to the hiring of biplanes, brandishing banners pleading with him to leave (it should also be pointed out that pro-Wenger banners have also adorned the skies).

It is 13 years since Wenger's "Invincibles" won the last of his three Premier League titles, a golden period when the bond between the Arsenal manager and his supporters seemed unbreakable.

"Arsene is the best person to help us make that happen". Majority owner Stan Kroenke claimed that the Frenchman had his "full backing", while chief executive Ivan Gazidis insisting that there was "no complacency" at the Emirates Stadium.

In a statement on the club's website, Wenger said he was looking to the future with "optimism and excitement".

Any Arsenal supporters hoping for a host of new signings this summer are likely to be disappointed, with Wenger saying after the final game of the Premier League season he only needed "one or two" additions.

"He further said that he was grateful to have the support of the owner Stan and together they would win more trophies for the club." am grateful to have the support of the board and Stan in doing everything we can to win more trophies. "That's why I told you that we want to transfer that into the new season". "The only other example of a manager that decides when and where he goes is Sir Alex Ferguson, but he was still winning league titles". Arsene Wenger is going absolutely nowhere.

Alexandre Lacazette is reportedly on Arsenal's radar.

Although Aaron Ramsey and Granit Xhaka enjoyed good cup final performances, Santi Cazorla's injury in October had a clear impact on Arsenal's year and without the Spanish playmaker Wenger struggled for a solution.

Earlier in the year it was claimed both players were holding out for parity with the Premier League's top earners and it would be a signal of Arsenal's intent if they can convince Sanchez, who hit 30 goals last season, and club-record signing Ozil to extend their stays.

Wenger's transfer mishaps have left Arsenal lacking presence in midfield and bereft of a instinctive finisher, while their myriad defensive woes were exposed time and again.

Arsenal's statement added: "In addition to the record £110 million investment in players last summer, we have made nearly £40m investment in facilities at our London Colney training centre and the academy at Hale End in the last two years".

"I'm convinced that our fanbase will put the football club at the top of their priorities and will get behind this team". We will work very hard to find the additions of top, top quality.

"We look at everything".

  • Julie Sanders