Arsenal owner Stan Kroenke is in London to try to finalise Arsene Wenger’s new three-year deal. The club’s majority shareholder attended Saturday’s victory, confirming the Frenchman’s new contract is top of the boardroom agenda. Kroenke, who also met chief executive Ivan Gazidis at the weekend, will attend the club’s next board meeting, with Wenger virtually certain to prolong his stay at the Emirates, with a contract worth close to £24million on the table. The fact he is planning future moves for Schalke’s Julian Draxler, Diego Costa at Atletico madrid and Porto’s Jackson Martinez also point to Wenger extending his stay. And Wenger admits he wants to sign a new striker this month, saying: ‘Ideally if it’s possible we’d like another striker, though we have not found anyone.’ Fulham manager Rene Meulensteen knows a thing or two about winning the Barclays Premier League and believes Arsenal have that key mentality. ‘Keep winning games ugly if you have to, those 1-0 wins where you do not play so well, those are the points that matter in the end,’ said Meulensteen. The Dutchman speaks from a knowledgable position having helped Manchester United to three title wins, including Sir Alex Ferguson’s final one last season.
Wenger close to £24m deal as Arsenal learn to tough it out during title push
Daily Mail | Jan 20