Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger 'set to sign new two-year deal'

Arsene Wenger says that re-watching Sunday morning's 2-1 FA Cup win over Chelsea should put any concerns the Arsenal board has over his future at the club to rest.

Missing out on Champions League qualification for the first time since 1996 heightened pressure on the 67-year-old, before Saturday's FA Cup 2-1 triumph over Chelsea.

The Frenchman has been at the helm for nearly 21 years and, despite a section of supporters calling for him to depart this summer when his contract expires, he is now expected to further that stay after holding talks with Arsenal's board on Tuesday.

The club are also expected to announce whether they are looking into appointing a director of football to work alongside or above Wenger, or indeed whether that role could be filled by the Frenchman.

"We have a board meeting on Tuesday and on Wednesday or Thursday it will be very clear".

Wenger will outline his plans for close-season signings and while there may still be some tinkering with his backroom staff it will not be without his approval. "Yes, but I must finish my contract with Grampus Eight first".

The man himself has been non-commital over his future, which was a major talking point throughout the season due to his current deal expiring this summer.

"The league wins, the cup wins".

And Wenger insists he drilled into his players that succeeding against Chelsea was more pertinent than what his own future holds.

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As the build up for their Australian tour gathers pace one of the most fascinating issues for local fans is whether the tall, ascetic-looking Frenchman will still be in charge when they touch down in Sydney.

Arsenal defender Per Mertesacker has revealed how he teamed up with Rob Holding to keep Chelsea striker Diego Costa quiet in the FA Cup final using special tactics to frustrate the Spain global.

"That's what I did not accept during the season and I will never accept it". "I have to give him credit for that, because there were a lot of people saying he can't deliver any more".

"That kind of behaviour does not reflect what Arsenal is".

So the day of judgement is almost upon us, with Arsenal Wenger having had a private meeting with the Arsenal owner Stan Kroenke yesterday, and the full Board meeting scheduled for today. "We are looking at what we do well and how we can be stronger everywhere", Wenger told Arsenal's website.

Finishing fifth and having to kiss goodbye to another last 16 defeat to Bayern Munich in next season's Champions League might well have been a bitter pill to swallow for Arsenal supporters.

And Arsenal's second-highest goalscorer of all time says it has been "total incompetence" to have allowed this situation to have arisen.

Sky Sports News HQ reporter Ian Bolton said: "It is my understanding that Arsene Wenger is going to stay at Arsenal".

  • Tabitha Byrd