Frenchman has been at the Gunners since 1996.
Veteran Arsenal head coach Arsene Wenger will finally put pen to paper on a new three-year contract next month that will keep him at the north London club until 2017, according to reports in the Sunday Mirror.
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The Gunners hierarchy are desperate for the manger to sign the bumper £24 million deal, which has been on the table since November, as soon as possible, however, Wenger has been wanting to first oversee the club’s successful qualification from their tough-looking Uefa Champions League group and then guide them through a busy Christmas period in the Premier League.
But with the first of those two objectives now sealed, despite the north Londoners’ 2-0 loss at Serie A outfit Napoli in Naples on Wednesday night, Wenger is now expected to agree the the extension to his contract that will now keep the 64-year-old at the Emirates beyond the end of his present contract, which expires at the climax to this campaign.
“He knows we want him to stay and we believe he wants to stay,” said a senior club source. “We are confident it will be all be signed and sealed by the end of next month.”
Wenger has been at Arsenal now since September 1996, when he arrived from J-League side Nagoya Grampus Eight to replace Bruce Rioch in the Highbury dugout.
And in the intervening 17-year period, Wenger has managed to guide the Gunners to three Premier League titles and four FA Cup triumphs, including two league and cup doubles.
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