Wenger has turned down several chances to sign new Arsenal deal, is now the time?

Arsene Wenger at Training - 18/02/2014

Arsene Wenger has reportedly already had several chances to sign a new Arsenal contract.

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger reportedly repeatedly turned down the chance to sign a new Arsenal contract last season.

The Gunners boss seemingly set himself a list of targets he wanted to achieve during Arsenal’s season, which explains the delay in the presentation and acceptance of a new contract until this summer.

“There have been a series of occasions in the last six months when there has been a signal from within the club that Wenger was about to formally sign the new contract that remained on the table but each time the manager made a U-turn and put his future beyond this season on hold,” writes Goal's Wayne Veysey.

Wenger’s decision not to sign on the dotted line was seemingly based around two things; winning the FA Cup and finishing fourth.

He has been criticised for suggesting that fourth place is like a trophy for Arsenal, but Champions League football is now integral to the Gunners and where they are trying to develop as a football club.

Wenger is expected to commit to a new deal until 2016 in the near future, ahead of a very important summer for himself and the football club.

It’s also important to bear in mind that Wenger has handled public fan pressure well over the last 12 months.

There have been points in the season where had he announced that he was signing a new contract, it may not have been received well by some sections of Arsenal supporters which would have created a difficult environment and hostility for him to work with.

The two examples, which instantly spring to mind are the start of the season before he spent big on Mesut Ozil and when Arsenal’s form dipped dramatically after the turn of the year.

He’s always maintained that he didn’t want to take his focus away from the side and what they were trying to achieve and he now has time before the World Cup to sort out his new deal before attacking the transfer market after the tournament in Brazil.

His decision to wait until the very final moment could be the giveaway sign that he was ready to step away from the club had he not achieved the objectives he had in mind, which speaks volumes for the love and respect for the club, when he’s likely been battling against a desire to put pen to paper for the past year.

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