Arsene Wenger has declared his love for Arsenal after extending his contract for a further two years.
The Frenchman, whose reign at the north London side already stands at more than two decades, has put pen to paper on fresh terms at the Emirates Stadium.
Following months of unrest among groups of Gunners fans, with many becoming frustrated about a perceived lack of progress under Wenger, the 67-year-old’s contract was ratified at a board meeting on Tuesday.
And Arsenal confirmed football’s worst-kept secret on Wednesday.
‘I love this club and I am looking forward to the future with optimism and excitement,’ Wenger said in a statement.
‘We are looking at what we do well and how we can be stronger everywhere. This is a strong group of players and with some additions we can be even more successful.
‘We’re committed to mounting a sustained league challenge and that will be our focus this summer and next season.’
It is understood Wenger told American owner Stan Kroenke of his wish to stay before the meeting. Despite resistance from some board members to the Frenchman staying — even after Saturday’s FA Cup final victory — Kroenke ultimately decides.
‘I am grateful to have the support of the board and Stan in doing everything we can to win more trophies,’ Wenger said.
‘It’s what we all want and I know it’s what our fans around the world demand.’
Kroenke, meanwhile, emphasised Arsenal’s desire to challenge for the Premier League title once again, despite a fifth-placed finish this season.
‘Our ambition is to win the Premier League and other major trophies in Europe,’ he said.
‘It’s what the fans, players, staff, manager and board expect and we won’t rest until that is achieved.
‘Arsene is the best person to help us make that happen. He has a fantastic track record and has our full backing.’
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