According to various reports in the media this morning, Stan Kroenke has offered Arsene Wenger a new three-year deal which could see the Frenchman’s reign at Arsenal continue until 2017 – just shy of his 21st anniversary at the club.
Reports surfaced about a new deal as far back as May but it looks as though the Gunners hierarchy are pushing for a resolution sooner rather than later against the backdrop of the first team’s current fantastic run.
Wenger’s current contract ends this summer and while he’s always maintained that he’d be happy to put pen-to-paper on an extension he’s also spoken about being judged by his results. After nine years of milk and honey at Highbury, the eight years since moving to the Emirates have seen the terraces force fed ricin-infused-Stevia. It’s time for a trophy and it looks as though the club still believe Arsene is the man to deliver.
Speaking last week about speculation of a new deal, the boss noted: “Honestly, I would love to be here forever because it would mean I am immortal. I am not naive enough to believe that, but as long as I am here I’ll do the best for this club as I love this club, of course.
“I am very honoured to have the support of Stan Kroenke and that he thinks I can help the club. That’s a huge confidence vote. Something for me that is very positive.
“The good thing with me is I don’t need a lot of talk to extend the contract I have. I don’t think that’s the most important thing at the moment. I said I want to focus on the quality of our season and no-one can question my commitment to this club. I want to do well and the question of me staying will be secondary for that.
“I turned many offers down because I rate what I have got here. I always thought this club was special and it is important to know what you want. I rated the qualities this club has shown.
“I am very grateful to this club because during my 17 years here we have had ups and downs, but they have always shown faith in me. They let me always do the job like I felt it was supposed to be done. I am here because of the consistent support inside this club.”
Wanted by big-spending Paris Saint Germain it’s also claimed that Wenger will get a pay-rise to ward off interest with his annual salary set to hit the £8 million mark. Of course, nobody really gives a fish’s tit about how much he banks when we’re winning nor for the most part does anyone think it’s his salary which keeps him at the club.
The ball therefore certainly appears to be in Arsene’s court…8,907 views