ARSE­NAL REIGN

New Straits Times - - Sport -

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.

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