Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has reportedly agreed to sign a two-year contract extension with the Gunners to extend his stay at the Emirates till 2016.
The Frenchman’s contract at the North London club runs down at the end of the season and earlier this year, reports were emerging that Wenger will not sign a new deal with the Premier League leaders.
Wenger joined Arsenal in 1996 and has been the club’s longest serving manager for the North Londoners. The report suggests that Wenger would still be earning a £7.5 million-a-year and would not receive any pay rise, but will be supplemented by top-ups.
Wenger has got the support of the club’s board, who have backed the Frenchman during the club’s tough time. The American owner Stan Kroenke has full faith in Wenger and is confident that Wenger will guide Arsenal to end their long trophy drought this season.
In addition to this, Wenger has been given the complete authority in signing players and deciding their wages, which is a key factor for any manager to stay at a club. The professional reasons, backed by family concerns have made the 63-year-old continue with his current employers.
Arsenal are enjoying a great run in recent times and are unbeaten in the last six Premier League games. The Gunners sit on top of the league table and are also leading their group in the Champions League, which includes teams like Napoli, Borussia Dortmund and Marseille.
Earlier in September, Wenger had hinted that he is looking to extend his stay at the Emirates and admitted that there would not be any need for holding long talks to sign a new deal with the Gunners.
“The good thing with me, if I have one quality, you don’t need a lot of talks to extend the contract I have. [I will sign] when we find time. I don’t think that’s the most important problem at the moment,” Wenger said.
“I would love to be here forever because that would mean I would be immortal. What I would like to do as long as I’m here is to give my best for this club because I love the club, of course.”