Arsene Wenger has told Arsenal he will sign a new contract to stay on at Emirates Stadium beyond this summer after a long period of non-committal statements that caused significant uncertainty.
The Gunners manager was speaking to French broadcaster beIN SPORTS on Friday when he was openly asked if he was going end all the speculation and sign a new contract. While he has never said he was going to leave Arsenal once his latest contract expires this summer, he has also failed to entirely rule it out - he has now put that debate to bed.
"Look, I have said that many times already, I have given my word to this club and that I want to continue where I am … that means to stay," he said in response to the question.
Many fans of the north London club had been predicting the Frenchman would decide the time was right to step down after 18 seasons in charge. The rationale for this was that Arsenal's best title challenge in a number of years petered out disappointingly in March and are now battling with Everton to at least claim the last Champions League qualification place.
The Gunners also face an FA Cup final against Hull City on May 17 in what is their best chance of ending the club's nine-year wait for a trophy. Many believed, after another disappointing end to a title challenge, that an FA Cup victory would be a fitting end to his incredible career with Arsenal, while losing the final would be enough to convince him to leave.