You’d think winning a trophy at the end of the season would mean a coach coming back the following season would be automatic, but that wasn’t necessarily the case for Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger. Still, and much to the dismay of some, Arsenal is bringing back Arsene Wenger on a new two-year deal.
Arsene Wenger and Stan Kroenke have reached agreement on 2-yr contract. Due to be ratified by board shortly. Formal announcement tomorrow
— Jeremy Wilson (@JWTelegraph) May 30, 2017
The new contract, which is expected to be announced sometime Wednesday, will keep Wenger on the sideline through at least 2019, extending his tenure as manager to 23 years. The contract offered by Stan Kroenke just needs to be approved by the club’s board today. That is expected to happen without hassle. Amid changes within the club’s management, Wenger will apparently manage to retain control over the coaching, picking the team and decision-making on transfers. Wenger will also reportedly be able to retain his coaching staff, according to The Telegraph.
Arsenal is coming off an FA Cup championship win over Chelsea, but a struggle of a season failed to meet the expectations of fans. Finishing behind Tottenham in the Premier League table sure didn’t help Wenger’s cause as far as fans were concerned. Unfortunately for those fans in disbelief Wenger is coming back, Wenger has the backing of Kroenke and the board is not likely to stand in the way.
Some Arsenal fans are not taking the news well:
Arsenal fans go into meltdown after learning of Arsene Wenger signing a new deal. Best tweets: https://t.co/V4GFraIoDZ
— Augustine Thomford (@Ebo_Pedrito) May 30, 2017
Arsene Wenger to stay for two more seasons ?????????? pic.twitter.com/ALv4UKpkdo
— Zaahira (@Reyabii) May 30, 2017