Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has finally agreed terms on a three-year contract extension and insisted he is ready to help an exciting team full of talent develop into consistent trophy winners moving forward.
Wenger has taken his sweet time sorting out the finer points of extending his spell as Arsenal chief into a 19th season, with his current deal expiring after winning his eighth major trophy in the FA Cup final thanks to a 3-2 victory over Hull City at Wembley.
That success saw Wenger share jubilant celebrations with his players as they finally earned a tangible reward for a season which promised much for so long, while also seemingly proving a telling factor when he sat down to ponder his long-term future at the end of a gruelling campaign.
The 64-year-old has always insisted he is committed to the club and Arsenal will no doubt be pleased to confirm the club's longest-serving manager has penned a deal which would take him beyond 20 years at the helm if seen through to its conclusion, drawing a line under lingering speculation that has rumbled on for the better part of 12 months.
Wenger had a very positive message for Arsenal fans in a short statement on his contract extension, declaring on the club's official website: “I want to stay and to continue to develop the team and the club. We are entering a very exciting period.
"We have a strong squad, financial stability and huge support around the world. We are all determined to bring more success to this club.
“The club has always shown faith in me and I'm very grateful for that. We have gone through fantastic periods and also periods where we have had to stick together. Every time when that togetherness was tested I got the right response.
"I think I have shown some loyalty as well towards this club and hopefully we can make some more history. I am sure we can.”
Arsenal have won eight major trophies since Wenger took the reigns in 1996 and also hold a proud record of qualifying for the Champions League across 17 consecutive seasons, one matched only by Real Madrid of all Europe's most successful clubs.
Gunners fans will be hoping a reinvigorated Wenger now makes the signings necessary to turn a promising crop of Arsenal players into Premier League winners, with the cash resources to make it happen and the full backing of the Arsenal board.