Report: Wenger seals new deal and pay rise

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The Times (paywalled) are running an exclusive story this morning claiming Arsene Wenger is close to agreeing a three-year-contract extension at Arsenal worth £24 million.

While the boss has repeatedly played down talk of a new deal, instead insisting that his focus is on his squad’s heavy schedule, there’s been inevitable chatter about his contractual circumstances given he’s a free man come the summer.

Ivan Gazidis revealed as far back as the summer that Arsenal want the Frenchman to extend his tenure into a third decade, but despite Stan Kroenke also airing his support, the narrative has gone round in circles for months.

If The Times are to be believed Wenger has secured himself a pay rise of £1 million or so a season, nothing to be sniffed at, as a sweetener in the face of bigger offers from elsewhere and presumably as a pat on the back for the club’s upturn in form.

As is always the case, we probably won’t know anything for sure until the club confirm.

 

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goonerratic

BEST NEWS IN WEEKS!!

goonies

Well deserved too

●for his mere presence at Arsenal giving everyone a massive lift etc he deserves £2m
●for his influence on the players and guidance, believing in them (ramsey Szczesny etc) a further £2m.
He identifies talent like no other coach out there £2m
●His mere presence at the club attracts world class talent £2m
●not withstanding he is simply a brilliant, coach/manager/ motivator….world class! £2m

Wait pay him more! but seriously this is great news!

Papas

I raise you, my good Sir, to £2m + £1…

TH

Let me preface this with the fact i love Arsene Wenger, i think he is the best man for the job and aslong as we continue to spend at a level to compete with the top teams around us, we can be successful.

Is a pay rise from his current astronomical wage not a bit farcical at this stage?

Malaysian Gooner

When you consider the fact that the world’s biggest and richest clubs will snap him up in a heartbeat, we kid of have to give him a pay rise. We always complain that we don’t pay competitive wages for players, surely we should also pay competitive wages for the manager. And the competition could easily double AW’s wages if they wanted to.

raron aamsey

It’s pretty standard to give anyone a pay-rise if they sign a new contract. The club’s initial offer (before negotiation from Wenger) would have been at a higher wage than his current one, probably not far off that which was agreed.

To be honest, knowing Wenger I’d be surprised if he even negotiated the actual wage. Would be very wenger-esque to just accept the first offer given. But who knows eh.

eternalflamini

Man Utd pay Van Persie/Rooney close to £12m a year each. AW is more important to our club than any player – on the basis I don’t have a problem with him earning £7m or whatever the new figure is. Assuming this story is true, of course.

eternalflamini

Sorry that should be £8m. Missed the £24m figure mentioned above.

Gutbukkit Deffrolla

Setting aside the fact that he has earned both the contract and a pay rise for keeping us at the top over 8 years of stadium building/paying, and the fact that he was solely responsible for getting us Ozil, you have to realise that we want him as a director when he retires from management, and to be an Arsenal director you have to be rich. The board are simply preparing him for Directorship.

gunner

Mr.wenger has an offer,he can’t refuse.

Ejor

#OneArseneWenger..

Gutbukkit Deffrolla

#OneRichArseneWenger..

WizardOfOzil

3 1/2 great years lie ahead for us.

double98

Arsene Wenger – 2014 – 2017 the climax years

Sanjeev

Wikipedia in 2050 will read: “Strangely, the early years at the Emirates were not very fruitful for Wenger, but he soon righted the ship and took the Gunners into the next period now commonly known as the Climax Years.”

Arsepedant

They’ll go on to discuss our 36 and counting consecutive league titles right after that.

Gutbukkit Deffrolla

Then speculate on whether he will retire, considering how good he looks after the expensive and cutting-edge rejuvenation treatment.

Tommy Gun

Never in doubt – was always gonna sign da ting but realistically his last contract in football. The true Arsenal legend

Harish P

🙂

Supa Dupa

This is as big as signing this french manager called Arsene Wenger in ’96

Papas

Arsene who?

Arsepedant

Go away, Ferguson.

Maddy

That works out to about 150k a week. If the best players in the league demand that much or more, why shouldn’t the best manager in the league be entitled to something similar?

I’m glad the club is/has considered retaining the boss top priority. Here’s hoping the next three years (and more) under his stewardship are a throwback to the glory years.

lady nina

Yay! time to knock united off their fuckin perch!

the only sam is nelson

I believe Moysey is already way ahead of us on that front

Le_Dooner

3 years seems a bit excessive as it was only three months ago or so a majority wanted him out. Nothing has been won or proved yet. Things are promising, but the length of the contract reported is hardly justifiable, for now at least. That said, if success does occur, and we improve further than he is the best man for the job, hopefully by then allowing Klopp to step in.

Double Canister

Is that you Fatgooner?

goonies

Nah even fatgooner is abit more reasonable than that.

D

I actually agree with this. Nothing has been won yet, plus the amount of money involved (if correct) is truly epic for a manager. Long may Le Prof keep proving me wrong, but if he doesn’t…

I miss Bergkamp

I don’t think “a majority” ever wanted him out. A few loons and those who just like to stir up trouble yeah. But a majority of the fans, no. At least not on Arseblog.

Gutbukkit Deffrolla

If they offer him one year he might tell them “No, I am a manager, not a player. I do not lose my ability between 64 and 65. If you do not believe in me then goodbye.” He would probably have said that now, while many other managers would have waited until April or May and left us in the lurch.

goonies

New deal for wenger out of that £24million he can go get that new puffy coat he likes so much

I miss Bergkamp

Maybe the zipper will work on this one

Gutbukkit Deffrolla

He won’t spend money if he doesn’t have to. He will have the zip mended.

David

It’s like a new signing!

Jasmeet

Sign Da Ting Arsene!

Attasmani

LANC – Like a new coach 😉

flyingdutchmen

in case people thinks it is too much:

mourinho earns 16 million a year so thats twice as much as Wenger..

Gutbukkit Deffrolla

…and for what? hahahahahaha. Chelsea getting ripped off by confidence trickster.

Perfectly Normal Gooner

Wenger deserves a statue cast in gold.

GossipGooner

Hoping that in these next 3 years we can manage a champion’s league trophy so he can finally retire in good conscience.

lee gooner

Dont know if i should be happy or concerned. i have been pro wenger during the lean years but lost all faith in him when he let the dutch skunk go to united. (we would be seven points clear if we had sent him to fc Iraq)

how ever looking at our squad now i think he may have found his touch again. our form is excellent and the ambition of the club seems to of returned. we wouldn’t even be 4 points clear without. wenger so
fuck it! its good news.

No mind the gap jokes please

Close to signing a new deal isn’t the same as sealing a new deal is it?

Bring in the younglings

When Arsene Wenger does leave the club *shudder* we should name the stadium after him or at least a stand. God knows we’ll never have a more aptly named manager (or one as great as him)

Theoptimist

Arsene FC. A youth team comprising solely of lanky french/senegalese wonderkids.

Danny

Needs to deliver now.

Gunner73

He delivers every day at Arsenal

Sebastian A.C.

I think there’s something that needs to be said about this news item:

What a fantastic picture.

abdul

From DOUBLE –> INVINCIBLE –> 8 Barren Years + Stadium –> CHAMPIONS LEAGUE –> QUADRUPLE.

Arsene will sign off in style and pride. For now let’s focus on Everton and 3Points like Arsene wld say.

Gargoyle

No quad this year though 🙁

Arsepedant

2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 …

Adam Richards

If to be believed it’s hardly bad news.

On a slightly different topic, Skunt is back playing for a mid-table club again; in hindsight, he would not have made a bad back up striker for Giroud.

HP

Isn’t this premature? what has he won? he is already the highest paid manager in football and we’ve just taken some incentive away from him. This might result in a more complacent manager and results will worsen.

James

Wrong!! Mourinho is the highest paid at double Arsene Wenger and Arsene is not even second Bayern made Pep second

Al2.0

What has he won?? Ummm.. I believe going a whole season unbeaten do warrants a trophy. You know like the one’s that they give to the league leaders at the end of the season. And don’t even get me started on the .. Oh fuckit .. I just fed a troll..

bergkamplover

what has he won? he has won the premier league and FA cup many times…. he is our most successful manager ever…

Gutbukkit Deffrolla

If you think his incentive in football is money you might just be thick, or perhaps are reflecting your own priorities onto him.

JustinL

Great news but interesting time to leak it just before the transfer window opens, I’m sure any players we are after would want the reassurance that Wenger will be manager long term.

gooner odst

As Bane said in that Batman movie “Let the (mind) games begin”

Gutbukkit Deffrolla

Yes, but honestly in Arsenal’s case. Not like that striker-thieving red-nosed cunt Fergoneson.

dgaj

Wenger In!

JP

Lans!

JP

(Sorry only just seen other posts saying the same thing)

DaMobot

Funny old world we live in. What a difference a few months can make. I think a lot of hypocricy is been peddled in here lately. Loyalty is much more appreciated in bad times than in good times. I supported Arsene and his vision before the season. Even after that horrible match against Villa i have supported(even though i was pissed off). I looked at it in the way that he was always there 80% of the way to completing the job but never reaching 100%. The basic ingriedients were there for a tittle challenge but i think that tactics… Read more »

The Realist

Wenger’s been given a new contract when we still haven’t won anything? It will (hopefully not) end in tears.

I miss Bergkamp

I am glad I don’t share your “vision of reality”

lordgunner

Imagine the board is acting like you do : – we only give a new contract if he win the title/cup …OK – wenger accept the challenge but he is not really happy but he never walk out – you are very happy – we maybe leading the league by january and the lovely tranfer window open :wtf one player want to join us if they arent sure Wenger not going to stay after next summer (ozil say he join us because of arsene) – we actually cannot sign the player we want because the future of the manager is… Read more »

Gutbukkit Deffrolla

Actually, imagine the board only give the manager’s job to somebody who has won us a trophy in the last year (I assume that is how long The Realist has been following us as he seems completely unaware of Wenger’s early Arsenal career). In short, we would have Sir Chips picking the team and deciding on their tactics.

Ben

Fantastic news!

Although it came from a newspaper.

Would be fair to say I have a billion times more faith in Mr Wenger than something you should wrap your chips in.

Ben

Is the ink still toxic nowadays?!

Eg, the Daily Mail.

Rufusstan

Don’t think so; just the words

Singapore Gunner

In Arsene we trust!

palace gunner

I know the last 2 seasons was a shock for gunners especially the come back from the team to top4, but wenger not whinger must sign we don’t need managerial probs, the teams form & training is vital this month starting tomorrow big games in top 6, do our best team run the show coyg.

By The Eyes of Özil

Really happy for AW, The Arsenal and fans if story has any truth to it. But we should all be laughing at ManUre, Chelski, Twattenham and Saudi City Oil Company. I’ve have been asked a couple of times today why I keep laughing for no apparent reason..

sanrtori

Funny how things change.

I remember just last summer, many fans wanted him out and many pundits in their informed wisdom said he was an impediment to the club’s future.:D

Fickle innit?

Wenger has been turning around the team over the last 3 seasons and but for key departures may have enjoyed earlier dividends to his reconstruction. We now see the fruits of his labour (and frustration) but you can’t say it wasn’t evident that it would come (unless you believe the media of course)

Dee Gooner Mckee

I would suggest holding off until the summer, dont want to sound pessimistic but we’ve won nothing yet and have’nt for 8 odd years. We’re looking good as a team at the moment and long may it continue but if he fails to take us over the line for yet another year does that deserve rewarding, hmmmm COYG

Gutbukkit Deffrolla

That would be an obvious insult to him, and he would be in the right if he walked.

Aamir

It’s time for Wenger to take his rightful place as the king of all football managers. A major power vaccum has appeared in English football and we are the only club stable enough to take advantage. Assuming we win the title, there’s simply no way he would step down now. Now that Red Nose is gone and we are no longer under financial restrictions, and with more money coming in AND our young team getting better and better, I’m sure he wants to be that man to manage it to be a successful side that becomes a dynasty, and also… Read more »

Bacary's Premier League

Great news, it’s very hard to get a really great manager in place who fits well with the club. And going from a great manager to a less-than-great manager can be disastrous. Look at Manure since Turd Ferguson left.

I wonder if after this contract ends he’ll retire from club football and manage France in the 2018 World Cup.

lockednloaded

Doesn’t klopp’s deal end in 2017 with bvb at the same time? Wenger you clever dog you…

MelbourneGooner

If he signs a new contract before January I think it means we might make a big move in January possibly for lewandoski

Papas

Big Sam will be available very soon at a fraction of the price we’re paying Wenger and Moysey for only a Pound more than the Big Walrus…i say we get rid of Wenger and get both the Big Walrus & the Gollum to coach our team…squids in…

Another Yank

Granted I only flirted with the idea of #wengerout but man do I feel like an absolute ass for even thinking about it. We only have to look at manure to see what happens when you scrap continuity. COYG!!!

Thin Gooner

My rotund brother will be seething

Mate Kiddleton

Hahaha 🙂

Abdul A Jalloh

Let’s see what happens next. Mr Wenger deserve better from Arsenal. He handles Arsenal like his personal property or that of his father’s. I don’t know the inside part of the story between Arsenal and Mr Wenger. But I do believe Mr Wenger did better for the Club when the club needed someone like that that the most. I have never blame Mr Wenger for the poor performance during the past nine seasons because I know it’s not his fault. He did well to balance the team in such a difficult period. Well done Mr Wenger. Let them increase your… Read more »

Joey Sixpack

Haha, don’t we all love him eh?

BODMAS

ANOTHER GREAT NEWS… Sign that thing WENGER

Ewok

Great news if true! However it may just mean he’s about to sign for Napoli.

Gutbukkit Deffrolla

Sign the death sentence on their participation in this year’s Champions league. That’s for sure.