Football: Wenger expects to sign new contract soon

Arsenal's French manager Arsene Wenger attends the English FA Cup final match between Arsenal and Hull City at Wembly Stadium in London on May 17, 2014. -- PHOTO: AFP
Arsenal's French manager Arsene Wenger attends the English FA Cup final match between Arsenal and Hull City at Wembly Stadium in London on May 17, 2014. -- PHOTO: AFP

LONDON (AFP) - Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger said that he expected to sign a new contract after his side overcame Hull City 3-2 in Saturday’s FA Cup final at Wembley Stadium.

Wenger’s current deal is due to expire in the close season and when he was asked if he would sign a new one in the days ahead, he replied: “That normally should happen, yes.”

Pressed as to whether the circumstances were sufficiently ‘normal’ for him to sign a new deal, he said: “We are in very normal circumstances now.

“It was never a question of leaving. It was a question of doing the right job for this club.” Arsenal’s victory over Hull, in which they came from two goals down, saw them end a nine-year wait for silverware.

Goals from James Chester and Curtis Davies put Hull 2-0 up inside eight minutes, but Arsenal levelled through Santi Cazorla and Laurent Koscielny before Aaron Ramsey netted an extra-time winner.

Wenger, 64, won three Premier League titles and four FA Cups in the first half of his 17-and-a-half-year Arsenal tenure, but prior to Saturday he had not lifted a trophy since the 2005 FA Cup.

Match-winner Ramsey told ITV: “This is for Arsene. And we now know he’ll put pen to paper.”