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Wenger 'agrees new three-year deal'

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has agreed a new three-year contract with the FA Cup winners and will sign in the next few days, according to reports.

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In the aftermath of Arsenal's 3-2 FA Cup final victory over Hull earlier this month, ESPN FC reported that the Frenchman -- for whom the trophy was a first in nine years -- would commit to a three-year extension in the near future. The BBC and Sky Sports are reporting that agreement has now been reached.

Speaking after the final, 64-year-old Wenger had said the issue would be settled by the time he travelled to Brazil for the World Cup.

His current Arsenal deal expires this summer, and he had stressed that he would stay if he felt satisfied with the manner in which the club completed the season.

"I will sign before the World Cup because I am going to Brazil," he told The Times. "It will be done by then." The Guardian, The Sun and the Daily Telegraph all reported that the 64-year-old had agreed a deal until 2017, worth in the region of eight million pounds a year.

Wenger, who arrived in North London in 1996, had faced intense criticism at times during a trophy drought that stretched back to the 2005 FA Cup win.

And although he repeatedly pointed to the club's constant participation in the Champions League during those years, he admitted he had also had some doubts.

"I question myself honestly," he said. "We live in a world where people tell you always what you have not done -- they never tell you that you have done something as well.

"I believe the quality of a club is the consistency, and then the special players make you win the trophies.

"The quality of the consistency is important for the club, and on that front we have been better than everybody else -- there are only two clubs in Europe who have, for 17 years consecutively, qualified for the Champions League. That consistency demands special values inside the club."

Information from the Press Association was used in this report.


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