By Bwire Marvin.
News coming out of the Emirates camp suggest that Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is set to continue his stay at the club for two more years. This comes after Wenger and club owner Stan Kroenke met On Monday to determine the Frenchman’s future, with the decision relayed to directors at a board meeting on Tuesday.
Dissatisfaction has been the general cry from Arsenal’s fans after the Gunners were fifth in the Premier League this season, the first time they have finished outside the top four since the Frenchman joined in 1996.
They finished 18 points behind champions Chelsea, but beat the Blues 2-1 to win the FA Cup at Wembley on Saturday.
Wenger’s contract was set to end at the end of the current campaign.
Wenger led the Gunners to three Premier League titles and four FA Cups in his first nine seasons in charge.
In 2003-04, he became the first manager since 1888-89 to lead a team through an entire top-flight season unbeaten.
However, after winning the 2005 FA Cup, they had to wait another nine years for their next silverware. It came as they beat Hull City to win the 2014 FA Cup, before winning the trophy again the following year.
Some Arsenal fans turned on the 67-year-old Frenchman as a result of their league performances and they lost 10-2 on aggregate to Bayern Munich in the Champions League last 16 in March.
They finished the league season with five successive victories, but it was not enough to carry them above Liverpool who took the fourth and final Champions League spot.
Wenger told BBC’s Football Focus on Saturday the criticism he has faced this season is “a disgrace” he will “never forget”.
Anti-Wenger banners were held aloft by Gunners fans in the closing stages of a 3-1 defeat at West Brom on 18 March, while in the first half two planes towed banners over the ground – one criticizing the manager and the other supporting him.
However, Chelsea manager Antonio Conte, meanwhile, described Wenger as “one of the best managers in history”.