Arsene Wenger Signs New Three-Year Deal at Arsenal

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has signed a new three-year deal to stay at the club until 2017 with the belief that he can now mount a serious challenge to win the Premier League title next season.

Though the club has had unwavering faith in Wenger over the years, the Frenchman delayed putting pet to paper until the end of the season to see if the club would end its nine-year wait for a trophy, but the club’s success in claiming a fifth FA Cup title perhaps changed Wenger’s mind. Despite the tensions of the last 12 months, most Arsenal fans will be pleased to see Wenger put pen to paper, which has come as a pleasant piece of news.

“I want to stay and to continue to develop the team and the club,” Wenger said on Friday. “We are entering a very exciting period. We have a strong squad, financial stability and huge support around the world. We are all determined to bring more success to this club.

“We know we have to have a successful June and July, that’s where you strengthen the team. It’s very important that we are good now in the next two months until the end of August that we can give to the team some more quality and go into next season with the belief we got from [the FA Cup] win.”

Wenger has also hinted on what Arsenal fans can expect when the summer transfer window resumes: “We work very hard on a market that is very, very congested with many people who have a lot of money,” he said. “But we have a big advantage, players want to join us and if we find the right quality I’m sure we can strengthen the team.”

Several players including Lars Bender, Cesc Fabregas, Karim Benzema, Alvaro Morata, Loic Remy and Morgan Schneiderlin have all been linked to Arsenal as the manager moves to strengthen the team ahead of the challenges next season.

The end of that nine-year silverware drought has eased the pressure at the Emirates, delighting those who believe any successor would struggle to live up to Wenger’s record of eight major trophies - including three league titles - and 17 seasons of successive Champions League qualification.

“The club has always shown faith in me and I’m very grateful for that,” said Wenger. “We have gone through fantastic periods and also periods where we have had to stick together. Every time when that togetherness was tested I got the right response. I think I have shown some loyalty as well towards this club and hopefully we can make some more history. I am sure we can.”

Oderinde Olufemi

Award-winning broadcast Journalist, sportscaster, and sports producer. Arsenal fan and supporter of the Super Eagles of Nigeria.