Friday 30 May 2014
Arsenal have confirmed that manager Arsene Wenger has signed a new three-year extension to his current contract, taking the Frenchman to May 2017.
"We are entering a very exciting period"
Wenger joined Arsenal in October 1996 and is the longest-serving and most successful manager the club have had, as well as being the longest-serving current manager in English football.
During his 17 years at Arsenal the club have won the Barclays Premier League title three times, including going the 2003/04 season unbeaten and have qualified each campaign for the UEFA Champions League.
“I want to stay and to continue to develop the team and the club,” Wenger, 64, said. “We are entering a very exciting period. We have a strong squad, financial stability and huge support around the world. We are all determined to bring more success to this club.
“The club has always shown faith in me and I'm very grateful for that. We have gone through fantastic periods and also periods where we have had to stick together. Every time when that togetherness was tested I got the right response. I think I have shown some loyalty as well towards this club and hopefully we can make some more history. I am sure we can.
Arsenal chairman, Sir Chips Keswick, was delighted at the news.
“He is a man of principle, who lives and breathes Arsenal,” Sir Chips said of Wenger. “He has established Arsenal for its exciting playing style around the world, continues his commitment to young players and has the ability to bring top-class players to the club. I have no doubt we have an exciting future ahead of us with him leading the team.”
Wenger signs his new deal a fortnight after securing his fifth FA Cup for Arsenal, with a 3-2 extra-time victory against Hull City at Wembley.
“Sustained excellence is the hardest thing to achieve in sport and the fact Arsenal has competed at the top of the game in England and Europe throughout the time Arsène has been manager, is the ultimate testimony to his consistency of performance, talent and ambition,” Arsenal’s majority shareholder, Stan Kroenke, said.
"We are delighted with the FA Cup success which has added to his already outstanding record. Under his guidance we look forward to adding more trophies in future seasons.”