According to reports, Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has agreed to the terms of a two-year contract with the club, adding to his 21-year reign at the club. News sources indicate that Wenger and club owner Stan Kroenke had a meeting on Monday to determine if the Frenchman would continue at the managerial helm of the club with the decision disclosed to the club directors at a board meeting on Tuesday.
The club is expected to make the move official with an announcement on Wednesday. Arsenal finished outside the top 4, in 5th position last season for the first time in 21 years since Arsene Wenger took over at the club. They finished 18 points behind Chelsea but still beat them last weekend at Wembley to emerge as FA Cup champions.
His contract was expected to run out at the end of the just-concluded campaign but he looks set to continue despite the numerous criticisms from a section of the fans during the last campaign.
Some fans turned against the manager after the humiliating 10:2 aggregate loss to Bayern Munich in the UEFA Champions League round of 16 which effectively dumped Arsenal out of the competition. A stage of the competition which has turned to their perennial last stop in recent times.
They finished the season with some level of consistency though it was too late a fight back for top 4 places as they garnered 5 successive wins in the Premier League. However, they capped it off with the win against Chelsea at Wenbley to secure the FA Cup trophy which must have pacified some of the fans.
The board had recently come out to state that they would consider a new contract irrespective of the outcome of the FA Cup final.During an interview session with BBC’s Football Focus on Saturday, Wenger claimed that the criticism he had faced in the season was “a disgrace” he will “never forget”.