Arsenal are preparing to offer Arsene Wenger a two-year contract extension, with the club wanting the Frenchman to sign by October, according to reports.
Wenger has come under increasing scrutiny this season after a year of under-performance at Arsenal, with the club once again failing to mount a serious Premier League title challenge.
The Gunners are on course to finish third this season, as they head into the final round of fixtures two points behind second-placed Tottenham.
Exits from the Champions League last 16, the FA Cup quarter-finals and the Capital One Cup fourth round mean Arsenal face a ninth season out of 11 without a trophy. Unless you count the Community Shield, which no-one does.
Protests have been staged against Wenger and the Arsenal boardroom this season as the club have witnessed Leicester emerge from mid-table to become Premier League champions, with many considering this to have been Arsenal’s best chance since 2004 to win a top-flight title.
While many expect Wenger to leave the Emirates after the expiration of his current deal in 2017, The Times report that the club have prepared a new deal for the Frenchman.
Matt Hughes and Matt Dickinson team up to tell us that majority shareholder Stan Kroenke ‘has prepared a new deal,’ and that ‘the club will urge Wenger to sign promptly if they make a strong start to next campaign’.
It is believed that Kroenke is expecting an answer to the offer by October, as the American wishes to ‘identify a replacement’ in the case of Wenger’s eventual departure.
Hughes and Dickinson add that ‘Kroenke’s faith has never waivered’ in Wenger, and that ‘there has never been any question at the club’ as to whether the manager would be sacked this summer despite a frustrating season.