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Wenger set for two more years at Arsenal

Wenger set for two more years at Arsenal

Arsene Wenger has agreed a new contract with Arsenal and an official announcement is expected on Wednesday, Sky sources understand.

The manager, who has been in since the early weeks of the 1996-97 season, met the club's directors on Tuesday, having demanded that they back him after Arsenal's FA Cup final victory against Chelsea on Saturday and strong finish to the campaign.

Wright believes Arsenal should have singled out Wenger's eventual successor some time ago and now fears what the knock-on effect could be if the Frenchman does go at this point, with regards summer planning and transfer activity. Unsurprisingly, Wenger is anxious about publicly discussing whether he expects the north London club to offer a new contract.

The Gunners were eliminated from the Champions League for the seventh consecutive season in the last 16.

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Asked if he would be preparing a presentation ahead of the meeting, Wenger said: "The best presentation is to watch the game". I just want to do well for the club.

Arsenal chief executive Ivan Gazidis has largely been supportive of Wenger but the South Africa-born administrator admitted to fans in April there would have to be changes even if Wenger stayed.

Former players critical of Wenger as well as those fans who wanted him out would reply they have had to witness Groundhog Day nearly every season since their last Premier League title ('The Invincibles' unbeaten campaign in 2003/04) of failing to keep star names, replacing them often with poor purchases and not really threatening to win the championship at the business end of a season.

Alan Shearer has suggested that Chelsea struggled against Arsenal in the FA Cup final because of "partying" too much following their Premier League title win.

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Wenger had planned to sign Thierry Henry to pair with Anelka in attack but instead the arrival from Juventus would have to replace his compatriot, with his task seemingly made all the more daunting by the fact that he cost half the price (£11.5m).

And Mertesacker, who lifted the trophy as Arsenal captain, claimed the chance to silence the pundits who had written him off helped inspire his dominant display.

"I think we have shown great support in him (Wenger) as well and for his trust in us".

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