Wenger Puts Pen to Paper for another 2-Year Contract as Gunners Manager
The long-serving Gunners manager Arsene Wenger has finally put pen to paper in a contract that will see him stay as boss at Emirates for another two years. The veteran tactician, who is loved and loathed in equal measure by many Arsenal fans, agreed to a new deal on Wednesday.
Immediately after Wenger signed the contract, Arsenal’s majority owner Stan Kroenke released a statement breaking the news on the Gunners’ official website. This has put to rest any doubts about the Frenchman’s future at Emirates, after experiencing many low and high moments in his 21 years at the helm of Arsenal.
Contrary to what many would expect, after Arsenal’s poor performance in the EPL this season, Mr. Kroenke was full praises for the veteran coach. He termed Wenger as the best person to help the Gunners achieve their ambition of winning the Premier League and other main trophies in Europe, and reiterated the club owners’ full support for the Veteran coach.
Wenger also issued his own statement, in the club release, emphatically expressing his love for Arsenal and said that he looks forward to the future with lots of optimism and excitement. He was full of praises for his team and said that he was grateful to have the full support of the board at Emirates.
A Welcome Reprieve after a Low Moment for Wenger
Arsene Wenger’s new contract comes in the wake of an FA Cup final win last Saturday, after beating the EPL Champions – Chelsea 2-1 and clinching their third win in the competition within the last four years. Even the betting gurus admit the much-needed win was definitely a sigh of relief for the besieged Gunners tactician after, for the very first time under his watch, his side finished outside the top four slots in the just concluded English Premier League. This denies them a chance to participate in the UEFA Champions League next year.
This will be the first time the Gunners are going to miss out in the Champions League since Wenger took over as the side’s manager in 1996. In spite of beating Everton 3-1 on the last day of the English Premier League season at the Emirates, Arsenal was still unable to make it to the top four positions.
This was a very low moment for the 67-year-old Wenger, who is the longest-serving and most successful manager in England’s club history. With 16 honours to his name, the veteran Gunners manager boasts of 10 major trophies as well as six FA Community Shields.
History as Arsenal Manger
Arsene Wenger took over the leadership of Arsenal from Bruce Rioch, who was dismissed in 1996. Wenger took charge of Arsenal after arriving at the club from the Japanese side Nagoya Grampus Eight. The veteran’s arrival at Arsenal not only revolutionised Arsenal but also the entire English football. He came up with better nutrition for players and new methods of training. He also paved the way for the introduction of foreign managers and players into the Premier League.
Under his watch, Arsenal adopted its attractive signature, possession-based passing game. Wenger has also made some of the Gunners’ best signings, including those of Patrick Vieira, Thierry Henry, and Sol Campbell.
Impressive success characterised Wenger’s first decade at the helm of Arsenal. The club finished in the top two slots in each of his first eight straight seasons as boss. Wenger also led the Gunners to three Premier League titles which the team clinched in 1997-98, 2001-2002 and 2003-04.
The first two Premier League title coincided with FA Cup wins, giving the Gunners cup doubles in both occasions. Another first for Wenger was in 2003-04 when his side remained unbeaten for the entire 38 games run, earning the team their nickname of the “Invincibles.” Two other FA Cup Wins closely followed in 2003 and 2005.
With Wenger having two more years at the helm of the Gunners, who knows what more surprises we can expect from the veteran tactician?
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