Arsene Wenger agrees new two-year contract to stay at Arsenal

Arsene Wenger agrees new two-year contract to stay at Arsenal

Arsène Wenger has agreed a new two-year contract to remain Arsenal manager until at least 2019, extending his tenure at the club into an unprecedented 23rd season.

The deal, worth around £8 million a year, was finalised with majority owner Stan Kroenke in the 72 hours after his record-breaking seventh FA Cup win on Saturday and formally ratified at a board meeting on Tuesday that also reviewed a season that ended on a high but culminated with a lowest Premier League finish under Wenger at fifth position.

As revealed by Telegraph Sport ahead of the final Premier League game of the season against Everton, Wenger paved the way for staying after being reassured that changes proposed to the sporting structure by chief executive Ivan Gazidis would not impact on his core decision making.

An official announcement will be made on Wednesday, when Wenger and Kroenke are expected to outline their vision and determination to make Arsenal again challenge to win the Premier League.

The Cup final was never going to be decisive in Kroenke and Wenger’s decision and, although there is a desire now to address what went so wrong in February and March, the overall context of three FA Cup wins in four years and league positions of fourth, third, second and fifth in that time were also taken into account, as was the wider atmosphere around the club.

Wenger complained of a “horrendous psychological” environment for his players this season, with some fans having launched protests before games and even twice flown a banner over the ground. He was especially hurt at the abuse he and some players received during and after the Crystal Palace defeat last month. “The lack of respect at some stage has been, for me, a disgrace and I will never accept that,” said Wenger. “There’s a difference between being criticised and being treated in a way human beings don’t deserve to be treated.”

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