Arsene Wenger was always likely to remain at Arsenal and it came as little surprise that he put pen to paper on Friday.
The Frenchman signed a new three-year contract with the Gunners, just days after leading the North London club to their first major trophy in nine years and securing Champions League football for the 17th successive season.
Wenger’s original deal was set to expire this summer and although earlier in the campaign, there have been some murmurs that the 64-year-old will finally leave the Emirates Stadium, as the season progressed, it appeared more and more likely that he will stay.
After committing his future to Arsenal, Wenger, who has been in charge of the club since 1996, spoke about them entering “an exciting period” and his desire to “make some more history”.
Arsenal are expected to make some key signings this summer and reinforce the squad for next season. Last summer Mesut Ozil became the Gunners’ record signing at £42.5 million, and the fans will be keen to see the club make more of such impressive recruitments this time as well.
Liverpool legend and former England international Michael Owen says that Wenger needs to recruit players to “challenge” on all fronts next season.
The ex-Real Madrid striker believes that the Frenchman got the best he could out of his squad in 2013-14, and to take them to more success, he needs to bring in quality players.
Owen made his comments on social networking site Twitter.
A 3 year contract extension for Wenger. He got the most out of his squad last season but to challenge next season he must buy better.— michael owen (@themichaelowen) May 30, 2014
Arsenal have a good squad and have an enviable midfield. However, the Gunners need to sign a world-class striker to complement Olivier Giroud, who has had mixed time in his two years in the Premier League.
Wenger has always been reluctant to splash the cash, but this time will he do so? Let’s wait and watch.