Arse­nal want Wenger to stay

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ARSE­NAL hope Arsene Wenger re­mains their man­ager be­yond the end of the sea­son, but the London club said Mon­day there was no rush to hold fresh con­tract talks.

The 67-year-old re­cently cel­e­brated his 20th an­niver­sary as man­ager of Arse­nal but the French­man’s con­tract is due to ex­pire at the end of this campaign.

Arse­nal chair­man Chips Keswick, ques­tioned about Wenger’s con­trac­tual ar­range­ments dur­ing Arse­nal’s An­nual Gen­eral Meet­ing on Mon­day, said: “We all recog­nise the fan­tas­tic con­tri­bu­tion Arsene has made to the club in the last 20 years.

“We are con­fi­dent about his abil­ity to take us for­ward. We will sit down and dis­cuss the fu­ture at the ap­pro­pri­ate time but our fo­cus is on main­tain­ing the cur­rent run and com­pet­ing for tro­phies.”

Wenger – linked to the Eng­land coach­ing job – had lit­tle to say on his po­si­tion, other than to as­sure Arse­nal fans he would not still be in charge in an­other 20 years’ time.

The Gun­ners boss has been on the re­ceiv­ing end of crit­i­cism at pre­vi­ous AGMs, with fans frus­trated by Arse­nal’s fail­ure to win the Premier League since 2004.

But with Arse­nal now level on points with Premier League lead­ers Manch­ester City, Wenger re­ceived a warm re­cep­tion from share­hold­ers on Mon­day.— Su­per­sport.

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