Arsenal FC have announced that Arsène Wenger, the club's longest-serving manager, has put pen to paper on a three-year contract extension.
The deal ties the 64-year-old to the Gunners until 2017. "I want to stay and continue to develop the team and the club," explained the Frenchman, who has taken charge of more than 1,000 Arsenal games. "We are entering a very exciting period. We have a strong squad, financial stability and huge support around the world. We are all determined to bring more success to this club.
"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."
Wenger has steered the north London side to eight major trophies – including this month's FA Cup – in his 18 years since succeeding Bruce Rioch in September 1996. Arsenal have also qualified for the UEFA Champions League in each of Wenger's 17 full seasons at the helm, and reached the final in 2006 when they lost to FC Barcelona in Paris.
Arsenal chairman Sir Chips Keswick added: "We are delighted that Arsène has renewed his contract for a further three years. He 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. I have no doubt we have an exciting future ahead of us with him leading the team."
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