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Arsenal Fans In Meltdown As Reports Emerge That Arsene Wenger Is Set To Stay On As Manager

The protracted saga of Arsene Wenger’s contract situation is nearing its conclusion – and it’s not the one Arsenal fans were hoping for.

Although the offer of a new two-year deal has been on the table of some time, there had been speculation that Wenger would call time on his Emirates career after over two decades at the club.

However, despite another high-profile Champions League exit and another title challenge falling away before it could really begin, the Frenchman has seemingly become more resolute in his belief that he can steer the Gunners out of the trouble they now find themselves in.

Multiple sources on Sunday night and Monday morning have reported that Wenger will tell the Arsenal board that he wants to stay at the club beyond this season – for either one or two more years – in a decision that will not be a particularly popular one if and when it is confirmed.

In fact, the Guardian report suggests that Wenger and the board are looking for the best way of telling the fanbase that there will be no change in manager, which in itself would suggest just how toxic the atmosphere around the club has become. Confirming a deal so soon after a poor 3-1 defeat to West Brom – their fourth in five league matches – that has seen them slip to sixth in the table and putting their top four chances in real danger would not be the wisest move.

WEST BROMWICH, ENGLAND - MARCH 18: A plane is seen flying over the stadium with a message for Arsene Wenger (not pictured) during the Premier League match between West Bromwich Albion and Arsenal at The Hawthorns on March 18, 2017 in West Bromwich, England. (Photo by Alex Morton/Getty Images)

In any event, Arsenal fans on Twitter have already begun their Monday with a hefty dose of belligerent outrage – and this is before there has been an official announcement, with no surprises as to who’s leading the charge…

WEST BROMWICH, ENGLAND - MARCH 18: Arsene Wenger, Manager of Arsenal (R) and Steve Bould, assistant manger of Arsenal (L) looks on from the bench during the Premier League match between West Bromwich Albion and Arsenal at The Hawthorns on March 18, 2017 in West Bromwich, England. (Photo by Matthew Lewis/Getty Images)

The Arsenal board had insisted that the final decision would not be solely on Wenger as to whether or not he stays after this season (despite it being public knowledge that they have offered him a new contract). That will be put to the test if and when Wenger does tell them that he’s not quite done at the club yet.

Still, the news should be welcome in some quarters of the Arsenal fanbase at least…

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