Arsene Wenger in close contact with Monaco

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Arsene Wenger is in close contact with Monaco, with the French club still eager to employ the long-term Arsenal boss in the future.

This is according to reports from the Daily Mail, which claim that Wenger met officials from the wealthy Ligue 1 outfit during the summer and the latter pondered the possibility of offering him a deal shortly before he signed a, three-year £24 million extension to his contract at the Emirates Stadium.

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Wenger situation

That aforementioned agreement saw Wenger - who has been in charge of the Gunners ever since he succeeded Bruce Rioch in September 1996 and is currently comfortably the longest-serving boss in English football  - commit to the club until 2019.

The contentious issue of just whether Wenger should have been offered a new deal was one that typically divided Arsenal supporters, that is until he succeeded in ending their nine-year trophy drought with victory in the FA Cup final over Hull City at Wembley in May.

Prior to that, many had begun to raise serious questions over his leadership - primarily due to a perceived lack of ambition in the transfer market in comparison to their key title rivals despite the club sitting on vast financial reserves. A damaging ability to prevent key players from moving onto pastures new had also become a lingering frustration, particularly in the aftermath of Robin van Persie's defection to Manchester United in 2012.

Following on from that cup success, Arsenal have made a rather tame and frustrating start to the new season and can boast only two victories from their opening seven top-flight fixtures. Wenger's side have also been blighted by injury worries, with Mesut Ozil and Laurent Koscielny the latest casualties.

Monaco dream alive?

Having missed out on enticing Wenger, Monaco - who allowed arguably their two most prized assets to depart this summer after Colombian duo Radamel Falcao and James Rodriguez joined Manchester United and Real Madrid respectively - eventually made the decision to hand the managerial reigns to former Sporting boss Leonardo Jardim.

The Portuguese has not enjoyed a particularly smooth transition to life at Stade Louis III, however, with Les Rouges et Blancs currently languishing 13th in Ligue 1 ahead of Saturday night's home clash against Evian.

Despite Wenger's new deal, Monaco obviously still retain a keen interest in bringing him back to the club he first managed between 1987-94.

"For Monaco he is part of our history, part of our heritage," club vice-president Vadim Vasilyev was quoted by the Mail.

"He is doing an amazing job. I don't know if one day he will want to come back, but we keep a very good relationship. Last time we exchanged was during the Emirates Cup. He keeps a strong affection for Monaco."

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