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Arsene Wenger has signed a three- year deal to remain Arsenal manager

Wenger has led Arsenal to eight
major trophies since arriving in
September 1996 and will now stay
until 2017.
The 64-year-old has just guided the
Gunners to a 17th consecutive
Champions League qualification and
ended a nine-year wait for
silverware with victory over Hull in
the FA Cup final.
"We are entering an exciting
period. We have a strong squad,
financial stability and huge
support," he said.
"The club has always shown faith in
me and I'm very grateful for that.
"We have gone through fantastic
periods and also periods where we
have had to stick together. Every
time when that togetherness was
tested I got the right response.
"I think I have shown some loyalty
as well towards this club and
hopefully we can make some more
history. I am sure we can."
The Frenchman's previous contract
was set to expire this summer.
Arsenal had not lifted a major
domestic trophy since 2005 prior to
the recent FA Cup triumph,
although they did reach the
Champions League final in 2006.
During Wenger's time at the club,
Arsenal moved to the new Emirates
Stadium close to their old ground
at Highbury.
Wenger, who became the longest-
serving manager in England when
Sir Alex Ferguson retired from
Manchester United in May 2013, is
credited with bringing new ideas
about sports science and nutrition
to English football.
"This is a guy who works 24 hours a
day all year around," former Arsenal
goalkeeper Bob Wilson told BBC
Radio 5 live.
"He hates to lose. He totally
revolutionised all sorts of things in
the game in this country. People
tend to think he has too much
power, (but) a guy who dedicates
himself to the game in the manner
that he does is someone you
Wenger has not enjoyed the easiest
of seasons, and a 6-0 thrashing by
Chelsea in March during his
1,000th game in charge led to
suggestions this season could be
his last at the club.
Arsenal chairman Sir Chips Keswick
said: "Arsene is a man of principle,
who lives and breathes Arsenal.
"He has established Arsenal for its
exciting playing style around the
world, continues his commitment to
young players and has the ability to
bring top-class players to the club."
Wenger has won three league titles,
five FA Cups and four Charity/
Community Shields during his time
at Arsenal.
His greatest achievement was when
his 'Invincibles' remained unbeaten
in winning the 2003-04 Premier
Arsenal have not won the title
since, and, despite being in
contention for much of this season
following the club record signing of
Mesut Ozil for £42.4m, they faded
to finish fourth for the sixth time in
nine years.
Stan Kronke, Arsenal's major
shareholder, said: "Sustained
excellence is the hardest thing to
achieve in sport.
"The fact Arsenal has competed at
the top of the game in England and
Europe throughout the time Arsene
has been manager is the ultimate
testimony to his consistency of
performance, talent and ambition.
"We are delighted with the FA Cup
success which has added to his
already outstanding record. Under
his guidance, we look forward to
adding more trophies."

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