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Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger signs three-year contract extension

New deal, hot on the heels of his side's FA Cup triumph, will keep Frenchman at the club until 2017

PUBLISHED : Friday, 30 May, 2014, 10:10pm
UPDATED : Friday, 30 May, 2014, 10:10pm

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has agreed a  three-year contract extension, keeping him at the club until 2017, it was announced on Friday.

“Arsenal Holdings plc confirms that Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has signed a new three-year extension to his current contract with Arsenal Football  Club plc, a wholly owned subsidiary, taking his tenure at the club to May  2017,” said a statement issued by the Gunners’ parent company to the London Stock Exchange.

The Frenchman is the current longest-serving manager in the English Premier  League, having joined the north London side in 1996 and this season he ended  Arsenal’s nine-year wait for a major trophy by overseeing their  come-from-behind FA Cup final win against Hull City at Wembley.

He hates to lose and revolutionised the game in the country. Some say he has too much power but a guy who dedicates himself to it like he does, you cherish
Bob Wilson

Wenger, 64, was a surprise choice to succeed Bruce Rioch as Arsenal manager  when he arrived at the club’s then Highbury headquarters in September 1996 from  Japanese club Grampus Eight.

He won three Premier League titles and four FA Cups in the first half of his 17-and-a-half-year Arsenal tenure. But prior to this month’s  dramatic 3-2 win over Hull, he had not lifted a trophy since the 2005 FA Cup.

The campaign just finished also saw Wenger guide Arsenal to a 17th consecutive season of Champions League football.

Bob Wilson, the goalkeeper in Arsenal’s League and FA Cup ’double’ winning  side of 1970/71 and the goalkeeping coach during the first few years of  Wenger’s time at the club, said: “This is a guy who works 24 hours a day all year around.

“He hates to lose and revolutionised the game in the country. Some say he has too much power but a guy who dedicates himself to it like he does, you cherish,” added Wilson of Wenger, who oversaw Arsenal ’doubles’ in both the  1997/98 and 2001/02 seasons.

Wilson also praised Wenger for the way in which he’d dealt with the  financial constraints imposed on him as an initial result of Arsenal’s move  from Highbury to the nearby Emirates Stadium.

“Every club who has built a new ground in this country have all been relegated. Why? Because of the stranglehold of the debt of a new ground,”  Wilson said. “Arsene and Arsenal have got through that stage by still qualifying for the  Champions League.”  

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