There are very few people surprised that Arsene Wenger has signed a new extension to his contract, and we probably all know that the terms were agreed six months ago, and it was probably a good idea to leave the announcement to after we had won the Cup Final.
Ivan Gazidis admitted to the Arsenal staff that he was sorry to have kept them in suspense until now, and his email to them all revealed his feelings on the subject. Here is what he wrote: ‘I am writing to you to let you know that we’ve agreed a two-year extension to Arsene Wenger’s contract as our manager.
‘Know there has been significant speculation around this over the past 24 hours but it is important we do things in the right way which is why we have not commented until now.
‘I want you to know this is a decision that has been taken in the best long term interests of the club. We are clear that Arsene is the best person to help fulfil our ambition to win the Premier League and other major trophies in Europe.
‘Arsene and I have conducted a full review of our on and off pitch activities to identify areas for improvement to build a sustained tale challenge.
‘We will be working on this during what will be a busy summer and look forward to another exciting season starting in August.
‘I recognise this has been an unsettling time for many of you and thank you for the way you have maintained your focus during the period.
‘It underlines the importance of always being together and staying true to our principles and values.
‘Enjoy the summer and thanks again.
Ivan Gazidis, Chief Executive.’
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