Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

ARSENE'S FUTURE WILL BE DECIDED AFTER CUP FINAL; WENGER WANTS TO STAY AND INSISTS CONTRACT SAGA WILL FINALLY BE SETTLED AT BOARD MEETINGWenger's Future to Be Decided after Final

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

ARSENE'S FUTURE WILL BE DECIDED AFTER CUP FINAL; WENGER WANTS TO STAY AND INSISTS CONTRACT SAGA WILL FINALLY BE SETTLED AT BOARD MEETINGWenger's Future to Be Decided after Final

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Byline: James Olley Chief Football Correspondent

ARSENE WENGER today confirmed his future as Arsenal manager will be finalised at a board meeting after the FA Cup Final.

The 67-year-old's contract expires next month but Wenger has repeatedly refused to declare his plans for next season amid substantial fan opposition to the prospect of him being offered a new deal to stay at the club.

It is understood Wenger's preference is to remain in his post, but the delay in announcing his intentions, coupled with a downturn in form during February and March, has led to strained relations between the Frenchman and chief executive Ivan Gazidis.

The situation is set to be resolved in the days following Arsenal's Wembley date with Chelsea a week tomorrow and Wenger told Standard Sport: "You have certainly to know that there are many aspects of a football club which have to be discussed at a board meeting.

"One of them is, of course, what is happening with the manager, the future, the players who have to come in, the renewal of contracts. You don't miss problems in a board meeting."

Pushed on whether that meant there would be an announcement on his future following that meeting, Wenger replied: "Yes, of course."

Also high on the agenda will be the futures of Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil, who have just over a year left on their agreements.

Both players have been offered new deals worth in excess of PS250,000-aweek but talks have been deferred until the end of the season as Arsenal battle to qualify for the Champions League.

Victories for Liverpool and Manchester City will end any hope Arsenal have of making the Champions League for the 20th time in a row. Should other results go their way, a draw could be enough for the Gunners, although it is more likely they will need to beat Everton to stand any chance of avoiding Europa League football.

Wenger insisted missing out on Europe's premier competition will not make it more difficult to keep the pair, despite Sanchez attracting interest from Chelsea, Manchester City, Paris St Germain, Juventus and Bayern Munich.

"They are part of the results as well," he said. …

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