How do Arsenal approach the biggest decision they'll make this season?

Wenger Statue

Arsenal’s majority shareholder Stan Kroenke is keen for Arsene Wenger to sign a new deal at the Emirates.

He won’t be the only one as the Frenchman broke with his transfer tradition to sign Mesut Ozil on the final day of the transfer window, guiding the side to the top of the table.

Wenger himself has admitted he’s in no rush to sort out his future but Kroenke’s comments suggest he’d rather have Arsenal’s head tied down and committed to a long deal to prevent any poachers from coming in and trying to tempt him away.

“There's no one I feel more strongly about and I think he is doing a great job. We have been very supportive, we have never wavered, we are proud of him, proud of the club, the way the club is run and how it holds itself out to the world,” said Kroenke.

It’s glaringly obvious that Arsenal see no other option in terms of their manager than Arsene Wenger, which sparks up the debate of what sort of deal they should be offering him beyond this season.

There is clear evidence through the comments and faith that Wenger should be offer a very long deal, potentially getting close to the eight-year contract that Alan Pardew signed at Newcastle United.

That would certainly keep Wenger at the club until he retires, making it virtually impossible for any club to come in and tempt him away unless they throw ludicrous amounts of cash at the situation.

“That's exactly right (Wenger in long term plans). Arsene knows how we feel, what our philosophy is, what we want to do and I feel like we are totally aligned. I think he wants to do it the exact same way as we do,” added Kroenke.

A mega deal also tells Wenger that Arsenal expect him to guide the club back to the top of English football to enjoy the sort of formidable reputation they developed in the early 2000s.

The alternative option is the sort of contract that Sir Alex Ferguson found himself on near the end of his career at Manchester United.

It was clear the only way Ferguson was going to leave was when he retied, but a one-year rolling deal allowed all parties concerned to review things at the end of each season.

That eradicates the complications that arise in terms of compensation while it would eventually allow Wenger’s association with the club to end on good terms.

It would be a crying shame if the Frenchman’s relationship with Arsenal ended with a sacking after something going wrong or more disappointing unsuccessful years which leave a bitter taste in the mouths of several parties.

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