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Wenger urged to sign new deal

April 15, 2012 13:41:28 UK
Arsene Wenger is being urged to sign a deal extension at Arsenal.

Arsenal chairman Peter Hill-Wood has urged manager Arsene Wenger to extend his current deal at the Emirates Stadium as he looks to virtually seal a third-placed Premier League finish.

Wenger, who has spent 15 years in charge of the north Londoners, has endured some criticism of his management this season after a disappointing start and a failure to guide the club to silverware for a sixth successive campaign.

However, following an upturn in fortunes the Gunners can move eight points clear of rivals Tottenham in third spot and almost certainly seal Champions League qualification for next season with a home win against Wigan on Monday evening. The Gunners are 1.25 to pick up the three points, the struggling Latics are 12.00 to win, while the draw is 6.00.

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For him to stay longer than that (2014) would be perfect. I can't think of anybody better to run the team.

Peter Hill-Wood

And Hill-Wood is looking to tie Wenger down to an extension beyond the end of his current deal, which expires in summer 2014, as a show of support from the board that he is the man to bring them more success in the long-term future.

"For him to stay longer than that (2014) would be perfect. I can't think of anybody better to run the team," Hill-Wood said in the Sunday Mirror. "And he has shown how much rubbish people were talking earlier this season. We had a terrible run of injuries and that obviously had an effect.

"But a few mindless people were saying that he had to go, that Arsene was past his sell-by date. He has shown that is nonsense."

Hill-Wood added: "He has a young squad, with some excellent young players. He is building a young team with a great future and I am sure he would love to see them develop.

"I would want him to stay as long as he is happy here. He has been with us 15 years and has done a magnificent job. I want him to stay for the long-term and I see no reason at all why he should want to go."

Arsenal could be boosted by the return of full-back Kieran Gibbs from a groin injury for the Wigan game, while Gervinho is also likely to be back following an ankle problem.

However, midfielders Abou Diaby and Francis Coquelin are not quite fit enough to return from respective hamstring injuries, while defender Per Mertesacker is a longer term absentee due to an ankle problem and fellow stopper Laurent Koscielny is suspended.

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