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Arsenal slashed for title as Arsene Wenger agrees to stay

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger (centre top) watches from the stands during the Emirates FA Cup, fourth round match at St Mary's Stadium, Southampton.

Arsene Wenger now set to be in charge at Arsenal FC for the start of the 2017/18 season

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It’s been an eventful few days for Arsenal Football Club. On Saturday, a superb performance from the Gunners saw them win the 2017 FA Cup final against Chelsea, with Arsene Wenger’s team executing an excellent game plan which saw them outplay the Premier League champions.

On Tuesday, it then emerged that Wenger would be signing a new two-year deal at the Emirates which keeps the Frenchman at the club until the end of the 2018/19 season. Despite failing to qualify for the Champions League this season, the Arsenal FC board members feel as though the team is in safe hands with Wenger for a couple more years.

This will be announced officially on Wednesday and will clearly rile many supporters who feel as though the club need to move in a new direction and thus change the manager, although the bookmakers have been cutting Arsenal for the title next season.

While the London club remain sixth in the Premier League betting, they are as short as 9/1 with Ladbrokes to claim the title and it should be noted that no Champions League football could mean things are a little easier for the Gunners compared to the other top clubs.

Chelsea, Manchester City, Tottenham, Liverpool and Manchester United will all have Champions League duties next term, with Leicester City capitalising on this situation two years ago and perhaps Wenger can have one final hurrah at the Emirates.

The supporters will hope that the FA Cup final performance is an indication of how the team will play next season, with Rob Holding emerging as a quality central defender although much depends on whether Alexis Sanchez can be persuaded to stay. His departure would suggest that Arsenal continue to be a selling club when it comes to the world-class players moving to other clubs.

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