Arsenal hands Wenger new contract after review of struggles

Nine wins from their final 10 matches saw the Gunners turn what looked like a disappointing season into a somewhat positive one with Saturday's FA Cup success moving Arsenal ahead of Manchester United as the most successful team in the competition's history.

Wenger's new deal, meanwhile, will see him contracted to Arsenal until the summer of 2019, extending his stay with the north Londoners to 23 years, having joined the club in 1996.

"I didn't fear the worst, not at all", he told Arsenal's website. This is a strong group of players and with some additions we can be even more successful.

"I love my job and I love to win", Wenger also said. Arsene is the best person to help us make that happen.

Arsenal had gone three full seasons without a trophy before Wenger led them back to top of English football with his second double in 2001-02.

He has come under greater pressure from supporters than ever before, with fans holding "Wenger Out" placards, boycotting home games and chartering planes to trail banners calling for him to go.

But tactics aside, Mertesacker's individual performance was nothing short of monolithic at the heart of Arsenal's back three, going toe-to-toe with Diego Costa and hardly giving the Blues front-man a sniff until his late goal - which required some frankly world-class chest control from the Spain global. "The players play for their future, for their next season", Wenger said.

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Gazidis has been looking at candidates for a new sporting director/operations role to coordinate and streamline the work around Wenger on issues ranging from scouting and medicine to youth development and analytics. "I think I have shown you that I have exactly the same commitment", he added.

"You don't fire good people, you don't fire people who are world-class, you don't fire people who are driven to improve".

"Overall I just want to do well for this club and apart from that it's down to the board members to decide whether I'm the right man to take this club further".

A poor run of form in February and March meant Arsene Wenger's men failed to finish inside the Premier League top four for the first time in over 20 years.

"The only other example of a manager that decides when and where he goes is Sir Alex Ferguson, but he was still winning league titles".

Focus will now turn to keeping hold of key duo Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez, whose own deals expire in a little over a year.

Not everyone would agree with Lauren's assessment, with the announcement over Wenger's future coming against a backdrop of hostility.

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