Arsene Wenger to sign new contract extension at Arsenal

ARSENE Wenger has verbally agreed to stay at Arsenal until the summer of 2013, according to reports, writes Jem Maidment. The Frenchman, who arrived at Highbury in September 1996, only has one year left to go on his current contract, but reportedly told t

ARSENE Wenger has verbally agreed to stay at Arsenal until the summer of 2013, according to reports, writes Jem Maidment.

The Frenchman, who arrived at Highbury in September 1996, only has one year left to go on his current contract, but reportedly told the board he will sign a two-year extension shortly.

When he signs, it will almost certainly confirm Arsenal as the 61-year-old's final job in management.

He is widely expected to then take an executive role at the club, although Wenger has long maintained he would like to work with youth football development in India or Africa.


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Wenger (pictured right) has won three Premier League titles and four FA Cups as well as leading Arsenal to Uefa Cup and Champions League finals.

The Gunners boss is also expected to finally confirm the signing of Morocco striker Marouane Chamakh within the next fortnight.

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Chamakh, who will play his final game for title-chasing Bordeaux when they take on Lens in 10 days' time, admitted it is a wrench to leave his current club.

"As time passes, it feels weird. I feel many emotions," said the 26-year-old.

"I am delighted to join the English football atmosphere, it is something amazing. In February, I made my decision.

"Arsenal were not alone - there were Liverpool, Tottenham and crazy offers from Russia. But I was only focused on the Premier League.

"I am leaving for a new challenge. At Bordeaux I was the club's child. In London, I won't be a kid any more.

"I have grown, I have things to prove and I am motivated to achieve it."

Arsenal's season comes to an end on Sunday when they take on Europa League finalists Fulham at Emirates Stadium.

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