Wenger to stay until 2011
The big news of the day is that manager Arsene Wenger has finally agreed a new deal with Arsenal. There was increasing speculation in the media that Wenger would not be extending his contract with the club after the exits of David Dein and Thierry Henry as well as increasing foreign ownership interest from American Stan Kroenke and Russian Alisher Usmanov. But these reports have been put to rest with the Frenchman apparently signing a new three-year extension that will keep him at the club until 2011.
Most Arsenal supporters will not be surprised about this news. The media made a big deal out of Dein and Henry leaving the club and also predicting the exits of the likes of Cesc Fabregas (who, incidentally, has rejected claims that he has signed a contract to join Real Madrid next season) but the fact is that none of it was ever going to have an impact on Wenger’s decision to sign a new contract.
The following is a statement from a previous post I wrote about Wenger and Fabregas before the end of last season, when the club was in the middle of its apparent ‘crisis’:
“There is no doubt that Wenger is well-aware of the problems currently facing his beloved Arsenal. But people of his sort do not simply run away at the first sign of a problem. As for Fabregas, it is quite obvious he sees his career as a footballer as such a privilege that he would not throw this into jeopardy by signing for big money clubs like Chelsea, Real Madrid or Barcelona at this stage in his career.”
I really don’t feel that much has changed. Wenger is in the process of bringing a group of young players to their peak and there was no way he was going to leave until he believed he had done everything he could to achieve success with the group. As for Fabregas, he’s smart enough to know what’s best for his career and at this stage it is surely under Wenger at Arsenal, something he seems so happy to be doing.
The major positive about Wenger’s decision to sign on is that Arsenal get three more years of the Frenchman’s managerial expertise. The minor positive of the extension is that a lot of the negative media attention the club has received of late will disappear. As a result, I’m delighted and obviously I’m not the only one. You can let me know what you think by voting on the latest poll question. Cheers.
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