Wenger to sign new £24m Arsenal deal in January - Report

According to The Times, Arsene Wenger is on the verge of signing fresh terms with Premier League leaders Arsenal.

The French tactician is currently in his 17th season with the north London outfit, having joined in September 1996 after Bruce Rioch was relieved of his duties the month before.

With his current contract at the Emirates set to expire at the end of the campaign, the 64-year-old has insisted that he remains calm about his current situation and firmly committed to the Arsenal cause despite not having yet accepted a renewal.

“I have been here for 17 years, and I just want to make sure that I deliver to this club what the club is expecting,” he commented last Friday. “I decided that at the start of the season because we had a very difficult start, and I want to continue that and do a good job and focus on that.

“My commitment is not a problem to this club.”

Following a torrid summer that ultimately culminated with the signing of Mesut Ozil for a club record £42.5 million, the former Monaco boss now has the Gunners at the summit of the Premier League, whilst they also sit atop Group F heading into the final matchday of the Champions League group stage and look good value to reach the knockout rounds.

And The Times have now maintained that Wenger is ready to put pen to paper on a new deal with his current employers in January that would run three years at a total value of £24 million.

The report further states that negotiations have been ongoing on the matter since October, with the Frenchman already having given notice to his staff that he’ll be remaining in north London beyond the 2013-14 term.

Questioned lingered over the summer over whether Wenger should be allowed to continue at the helm after going without a Premier League title since the 2003-04 season, in which Arsenal famously were crowned champions without a single defeat, alleged to be hesitant to spend the necessary cash to compete at the highest level following Arsenal’s move to the Emirates Stadium.

However, any uncertainty about the longtime Gunners manager’s viability going forward appears to have been quelled with the capture of Ozil and the squad’s prolific performance to date, as he looks to be edging ever closer to extending his stay with the club.

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