Premier League - Wenger signs new deal, vows to bring more success

Arsene Wenger has formally signed a new contract at Arsenal until 2017 after months of speculation surrounding his future.

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Captain Thomas Vermaelen of Arsenal passes the trophy to Arsene Wenger manager of Arsenal (R) after the FA Cup (Getty)

Arsenal have confirmed Wenger - who has managed the club for 1,010 matches - has finally penned the deal only a few weeks after ending his nine-year spell without a trophy at the club with their 3-2 extra-time win over Hull in the FA Cup final at Wembley.

“I want to stay and to continue to develop the team and the club," he said. "We are entering a very exciting period. We have a strong squad, financial stability and huge support around the world. We are all determined to bring more success to this club.

“The club has always shown faith in me and I'm very grateful for that. We have gone through fantastic periods and also periods where we have had to stick together. Every time when that togetherness was tested I got the right response. I think I have shown some loyalty as well towards this club and hopefully we can make some more history. I am sure we can.”

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Majority shareholder, Stan Kroenke, said: “Sustained excellence is the hardest thing to achieve in sport and the fact Arsenal has competed at the top of the game in England and Europe throughout the time Arsène has been manager, is the ultimate testimony to his consistency of performance, talent and ambition.

"We are delighted with the FA Cup success which has added to his already outstanding record. Under his guidance we look forward to adding more trophies in future seasons.”

Since becoming Arsenal manager in 1996, he has led the club to three Premier League titles, five FA Cup trophies and the Champions League final in 2006.

He has signed the three-year contract, a deal that will bring his stay at the club to 21 years if he sees it out.

Wenger was under real pressure when Arsenal started last season with a home defeat to Aston Villa, but the £42.5m record signing of Mesut Ozil resulted in an upturn of form which saw them challenge for the title.

However, after leading the table for over 100 days, they fell away in the Premier League and had to salvage their season at Wembley against Hull City.

Arsenal chairman Sir Chips Keswick said: “We are delighted that Arsène has renewed his contract for a further three years.

"He is a man of principle, who lives and breathes Arsenal. He has established Arsenal for its exciting playing style around the world, continues his commitment to young players and has the ability to bring top-class players to the club. I have no doubt we have an exciting future ahead of us with him leading the team.”

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