Arsenal an object lesson

THE most reassuring news of the week was the latest contract extension agreed between Arsenal and manager Arsene Wenger, a three-year deal that will take the Frenchman’s length of tenure to 21 years. How refreshing to see a club demonstrating its ongoing faith in its manager, and vice-versa. You would hail the situation at The Emirates as an object lesson to all football clubs.

In the social media-driven world in which we live, the criticism of Wenger has been constant – and crass. He has consistently produced impressive, entertaining teams which have qualified for the Champions League with astonishing regularity. Last season, they finished seven points behind title winners Manchester City after enduring by far the worst injury problems of any of the three clubs above them. I’m sure Wenger will make signing a striker his priority this summer and, with a reported £100 million available, I can see a reinforced Arsenal squad making an even stronger title challenge next season.

Without any question, Arsene Wenger is the man to lead the Gunners, most probably to even bigger and better things.


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