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Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger signs new three-year deal

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger
Wenger is English football's second longest-serving boss after Sir Alex Ferguson

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has signed a new three-year contract extension that will to keep him at the club until 2014.

Wenger's previous deal was to expire at the end of this season but he has put an end to speculation on his future.

"My heart belongs to Arsenal and my desire is to see this team win silverware," said the 60-year-old, who is the club's longest serving manager.

Wenger has won 11 trophies in 13 years, but nothing since the FA Cup in 2005.

Arsenal begin their campaign for a first Premier League title since 2004 with a tricky trip away to Roy Hodgson's Liverpool on Sunday.

Wenger added: "My commitment and drive are as strong and fresh as ever. Signing a new deal means that I can see this talented group of players reach their potential. Trust me, they are ready to deliver.

"With my staff and players we are in front of an exciting challenge and we are looking forward to achieving much success."

The Frenchman joined Arsenal in September 1996 and set about revolutionising the north London outfit, winning the league in 1998, 2002 and 2004, the FA Cup in 1998, 2002, 2003 and 2005 and reaching the Champions League and Uefa Cup finals.

However, since the club moved to their new Emirates Stadium home, Wenger's young side have been unable to supply any more silverware and finished 11 points behind Premier League winners Chelsea last season.

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"What will be success is to improve from last year, which is to win the league - that is the only benchmark," declared the Gunners boss.

"You cannot finish third and then say for the season after, you want to finish behind that. We are a young side and the improvement is natural - the ambition is there, we are hungry for success.

"We know people want more from us and we are ready to give more, but success is to win the league."

Wenger will be looking to captain Cesc Fabregas to provide the on-field inspiration for his team after the World Cup-winning Spanish midfielder pledged his future to the club despite a summer of speculation linking him with his former side Barcelona.

"Cesc has been very good, despite all of that story, and his love for the club was never under threat," stated Wenger.

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"You could understand he was torn between Barcelona and staying here, but he really deeply loves the club. His attitude has been completely spot-on.

"I tried very hard to show him how much I want him to stay and of course you never completely know the outcome, but my resolution and determination was always very strong to keep him - and it was never a question of money."

Arsenal chairman Peter Hill-Wood added: "We are thrilled that Arsene has signed an extension to his contract. He has masterfully transformed this football club over the last 14 years and the exciting and compelling football we play under his stewardship is admired the world over.

"Arsene is a very talented man and we believe the young, exciting team he has nurtured over the past five years will reward his and the fans' patience with silverware."



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