April fools! Did you guess? Wenger stays and striker search over!

Did you guess our April fools story we ran this morning about Arsenal.

Arsenal’s long awaited striker search is over as the club look set to offer forward Nicklas Bendtner a long term deal to stay at the Emirates Stadium.

The Gunners also seem ready to show their commitment to manager Arsene Wenger, who is expected to tie himself down to the club on a new deal for the next three years despite calls from some supporter sections for him to be moved on.

Sources close to the club claim that the Gunners are willing to give the Dane a chance to turn around his domestic and European form in North London after a season, which has seen him bag two goals in nine appearances.

The same sources have also suggested that the Gunners are unconcerned, and will continue to be, by the recent lack of physical success achieved by their manager.

Wenger's future has been the subject of some speculation throughout the season, with the Frenchman routinely playing down talks over a potential new deal, placing emphasis on the team and trying to win silverware for the first time since 2005.

The Dane has made it clear that he wants to play regularly and the 26-year-old is likely to be offered a four-to five-year deal which would help him see out his career at Arsenal.

The Gunners have been linked with potential moves for high profile strikers all season.

The club made a public attempt to sign Julian Draxler at the back end of the January transfer window and have been linked with powerful forwards such as Atletico Madrid’s Diego Costa and AC Milan’s Mario Balotelli this summer.

Bendtner’s recent problems away from the field have seen him go to Denmark without permission where he got himself into trouble with the club after verbally abusing a taxi driver in the middle of Copenhagen.

Should Bendtner take the long term offer from Arsenal, it should convince him that the club have a strong belief that he is the man needed to lead their attack alongside Olivier Giroud.

He’s been open and public with his views on Arsenal, which appear to have made the club all the more determined to hang onto him and try to turn that view point around with a new, longer contract.

Who knows? Maybe he’ll bag 20+ goals in Arsenal colours next season, firing the side to domestic and European glory.

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