Arsene Wenger is on the cusp of penning a new three-year contract at Arsenal that would extend his stay as the club’s manager past the 20-year mark.
Various reports this morning quote the boss’ deal to be worth around £8 million a season and claim he’s been promised big cash to continue improving his FA Cup winning squad.
Wenger’s current deal ends this summer and while he’s spent much of the season stressing his long-term commitment to the Gunners there were nagging suggestions that he might walk away if his players lost to Hull City.
Joking with the press that they could no longer direct jibes at him over the nine-year trophy drought, he said after Saturday’s triumph:
“It will force you first to be a bit more creative in the press conferences, but I trust you will be, I don’t worry too much for that.
“I have nothing against this question if you say that in the other clubs as well, there are some clubs who haven’t won for 20 years and they don’t get this question at all.”
Claiming that he’s worked harder in the last nine-years than he did in the first half of his tenure at the club, Wenger also defended what he deems unpraised achievements.
“I question honestly myself. We live in a world where people, they tell you always what you have not (done), they never tell you that you have done something as well,” he continued.
“I believe as well the quality of a club is the consistency and then the special players make you win the trophies.
“The quality of the consistency is important for the club and on that front we have been better than everybody else – there are only two clubs in Europe who have 17 years consecutively qualified for the Champions League and that consistency demands special values inside the club.”
With the issue of his future set to be taken off the table, the boss can turn his attention to adding the ‘two to three’ players he believes he needs to improve his squad.
A cursory glance at the papers sees a raft of names already linked with the likes of James Milner, Loic Remy and Serge Aurier each tipped for a move to the Emirates.