Arsene Wenger confirms contract offer

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Long-serving Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has confirmed reports that he has been offered a new contract to remain at the club.

The 63-year-old, who took the Gunners reins after succeeding the unpopular figure of Bruce Rioch during the summer of 1996, will see his current deal expire next summer and speculation concerning his future has been rife for a number of months.

Many had anticipated that, due to the repeated failures to secure a trophy in recent seasons combined with a chronic lack of activity in the transfer market, this could have been Wenger's final year in charge of the North London outfit.

A tremendous start to the new campaign, however, which has seen Arsenal bounce back in superb style from an opening day humiliation at the hands of Aston Villa and rise to the very top of the Premier League, has ignited talk of a potential new deal.

Indeed it was widely speculated earlier this week that Arsenal had moved to end speculation over their manager by offering him a two-year extension.

Wenger himself has now given confirmation of that offer of a new deal. The Frenchman was quoted by talkSPORT: "Yes, I did not deny that (a contract had been offered). But nothing has changed."

The Gunners, who drew 1-1 with Steve Clarke's West Bromwich Albion in their previous top-flight fixture thanks to a second-half goal from England international Jack Wilshere, return to action following the international break on Saturday at home to Norwich City.

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