Long-serving Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has signed a new two-year contract, with Arsenal which ended months of speculation about his future.
The 67-year-old Frenchman’s new deal, which will take his tenure up to 23 years, is believed to have been rubber-stamped during a board meeting on Tuesday.
“I love this club and I am looking forward to the future with optimism and excitement. We are looking at what we do well and how we can be stronger everywhere,” Wenger told Arsenal’s website.
In an interview on Arsenal’s website, Wenger appealed to fans: “Let’s be together to support our players, to support the club and all give our absolute best to be at the level that we want to be.”
Arsenal’s Wembley win against Chelsea gave them a third FA Cup in four seasons and made Wenger the first manager in history to have won the tournament seven times.
It is now 13 years since the last of his three Premier League title wins, however, while he has presided over a remarkable seven successive last 16 exits in the Champions League.
His key objectives for the close season will be to tie star duo Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil to new contracts and strengthen his squad for the rigours of a Europa League campaign.
Wenger said Arsenal would only look to sign “top, top quality” players and said having a “very heavy squad” meant “we might lose some players”.
“We’re committed to mounting a sustained league challenge and that will be our focus this summer and next season,” he added.
“I am grateful to have the support of the board and Stan in doing everything we can to win more trophies. It’s what we all want and I know it’s what our fans around the world demand.”