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Wenger asks Arsenal fans who wanted him out for backing now he’s staying

Date Posted,May 31, 2017

Arsene Wenger has called for unity among the supporters after continuing his “love affair” with Arsenal for two more years.

Manager Wenger has finally signed his £8million-a-contract until 2019, on the back of the most turbulent season of his 21-year reign.

It finished in triumph with the FA Cup, but supporters are still divided after the Gunners finished fifth in the Premier League and out of the Champions League places.

But Wenger, 67, has called for the fans to get behind the team again as he promised to strengthen the squad as his first priority.

Wenger won his third FA Cup in four years on Saturday, but Arsenal fans want the title (Photo: PA)

Gunners boss Wenger faced more outrage from supporters after formally announcing his decision and he said: “The message to the fans is what is the basic DNA of the club: Let’s be together to support our players, to support the club and all give our absolute best to be at the level that we want to be.

“We can move up to the next level, I’m convinced of that, by having faith in the way we want to play football and by supporting the players we have already.

“Of course we’ll try to strengthen our squad to be stronger next season, but we want to be faithful to the way we want to play the game. We want to support this way [of playing] all together.

“I’m happy and excited. Happy because I can work where I love to be. As well because this club cherishes the values I love. I’m excited because I believe that our end of season is a big springboard to go for more.

These Arsenal supporters didn’t get what they wanted… (Photo: @daniellandau27)
…but these pro-Wenger fans pictured at the FA Cup final did (Photo: Getty)

“We have created a dynamic that is very positive and we want to build on that and transfer that positive end of season [form] to the new season.

“For me it’s always easy (to decide to stay) on a loving affair because I identify myself so much with the club. When you can be where you love to be, that’s easy.

“It’s difficult because you want to respond to the demands of all the people who love this club. This is of course a job that demands 100 per cent commitment and you want to be at that level to make sure you can make everyone happy.”

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