But after leading Arsenal to an impressive 2-1 FA Cup final victory over Premier League champions Chelsea with Kroenke watching from the stands on Saturday, Wenger had hinted he was willing to stay.
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reported Wenger has informed American tycoon Kroenke, who remains a firm supporter of his manager, that he wants to remain in charge of the north London club.
A formal announcement of Wenger’s new contract is expected to come today.
“The club are planning to make an announcement on Wednesday afternoon,” a spokesman said after refusing to confirm the reports of Wenger’s decision.
Wenger, who has won three Premier League titles and a record seven FA Cups with the Gunners, attended an Arsenal board meeting late yesterday when the contract should be rubber-stamped.
Wenger will outline his plans for close-season signings and while there may still be some tinkering with his backroom staff it will not be without his approval.
Gazidis would still like to bring in a sporting director to coordinate issues ranging from scouting and medicine to youth development and analytics.
But Wenger has been told he will retain control of the key areas of team selection and transfers.
With his reign set to reach 23 years if he sees out the new deal, Wenger has a chance to salvage what was in danger of becoming a tarnished reputation.
First on his to-do list will be making improved contract offers to Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil.