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Wenger in line for new Arsenal deal, says Gazidis

Published on Sep 13, 2012 6:18 PM
Arsenal's French manager Arsene Wenger before their English Premier League football match against Stoke City at The Britannia Stadium in Stoke-on-Trent, England on Aug 26, 2012. Arsene Wenger is set to be offered a new contract with Arsenal, Gunners chief executive Ivan Gazidis hinted on Thursday. -- AFP

LONDON (AFP) - Arsene Wenger is set to be offered a new contract with Arsenal despite the club's seven-year trophy drought, Gunners chief executive Ivan Gazidis hinted on Thursday.

Wenger has been unable to find a solution to Arsenal's fall from grace since they won their last trophy, the 2005 FA Cup, and a host of top players, including Robin van Persie and Cesc Fabregas, have left the club in frustration at their failure to compete for major honours.

It is eight years since Arsenal were last crowned English champions and Wenger has increasingly seemed to settle for qualifying for the Champions League via a top-four finish in the Premier League rather than battling Manchester United, Manchester City and Chelsea for first place.

But Mr Gazidis is adamant the 62-year-old, who is under contract until 2014, remains the right man for the job. "It's not a sense of sentimentalism, not a reward for our services, it's a belief that we have an incredible manager who loves this club and is the best man to lead us forward," Mr Gazidis told The Daily Mirror.

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