Wenger to delay new contract until Arsenal secure Champions League progression

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger will delay putting pen to paper on his new contract until the club’s future in the Champions League is secure, the Daily Mail has reported.

Wenger’s current deal expires at the end of the season and although the Gunners hierarchy is said to be confident the 64-year-old will sign fresh terms, Wenger is reluctant to sign anything during the difficult run of fixtures Arsenal are currently facing for fear of his future becoming a distraction.

Arsenal play Borussia Dortmund on Wednesday and Manchester United on Sunday, with games against Napoli, Manchester City and Chelsea to come in December. Only then, when the Champions League group is decided, will Wenger commit to the contract on offer, the newspaper claims.

Wenger has been Arsenal manager since 1996 and after the retirement of Sir Alex Ferguson, is the longest-serving manager in English football. The Mail notes he has spurned advances from Real Madrid, Bayern Munich and, most recently, Paris Saint-Germain to stay in north London.

In his 17-year Arsenal career Wenger has won the Premier League on three occasions, four FA Cups and four Community Shields, as well as a host of individual awards. He was made an OBE in 2003.

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