Wenger signs new contract

  • Last Updated: May 30 2014, 14:25 BST

Arsene Wenger has signed a new three-year contract with Arsenal which keeps him at the club until 2017.

Nigel Winterburn is happy Arsene Wenger has extended his Arsenal contract
Nigel Winterburn is happy Arsene Wenger has extended his Arsenal contract

Wenger had gone nearly nine years without winning a trophy until Arsenal won a dramatic FA Cup final against Hull on May 17.

The new deal will take his tenure at the club to 21 years.

Wenger told Arsenal's official website: "I want to stay and to continue to develop the team and the club. 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.

Arsene Wenger "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."
Arsene Wenger

"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."

Arsenal chairman, Sir Chips Keswick, said: "We are delighted that Arsène has renewed his contract for a further three years. He is a man of principle, who lives and breathes Arsenal. 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."

Arsenal's majority shareholder, Stan Kroenke, added: "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.

"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."

There had been speculation that Wenger, who has led the Gunners into the Champion League for 17 straight seasons, could leave, with reported links with his former club Monaco.

Wenger joined Arsenal in 1996 and transformed the club on and off the pitch. They won the double in 1998 and he signed a host of international stars such as Thierry Henry, Dennis Berkamp, Marc Overmars and Cesc Fabregas.

The 2003-2004 team will go do in history as 'The Invincibles', remaining undefeated for the whole title-winning Premier League season.

They won the FA Cup in 2005 but then the silverware dried up, Arsenal losing in two League Cup finals and the Champions League final in 2006.

With pressure growing, Wenger - famously reluctant to splash out big money - signed Mesut Ozil for a club-record £42m.

Despite further frustration in the league, Wenger finally ended the barren run with FA Cup glory at the end of last season and immediately after the 3-2 victory, he indicated that he intended to stay.

Nigel Winterburn, who played under Wenger between 1987-2000, told Sky Sports News: "It's good news for me and the club. I've always supported Arsene Wenger, particularly through the last few seasons when he was under pressure with the team not winning a trophy.

Team Score Team
Arsenal 3 - 2 Hull City
Norwich 0 - 2 Arsenal
Arsenal 1 - 0 West Brom
Arsenal 3 - 0 Newcastle
Hull City 0 - 3 Arsenal
Arsenal 3 - 1 West Ham
Wigan 1 - 1 Arsenal
Everton 3 - 0 Arsenal
Arsenal 1 - 1 Man City
Arsenal 2 - 2 Swansea

"I believe there have been restrictions with the spending. Having now won the FA Cup and Wenger signing I would like to see the transfer policy changing so they can go out and buy some players to complement the team he's got at the moment."

Wenger came under fire last season for not providing enough support to forward Olivier Giroud.

Winterburn believes this needs addressing and added: "They need at least one centre forward to complement Giroud. They need to bring in a right back and need to look at left midfield.

"When Arsenal played at their best last season they had pace and power with Theo Walcott out wide and Aaron Ramsey making the runs. When they lost those players through injury they seemed to struggle.

"There are areas they need to look at but Arsene likes to take his time. But with all the clubs looking to spend money I think Arsene needs to do that as well."