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Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger signs three-year deal to stay with club

Arsene Wenger led Arsenal to the FA Cup title on May 17. (Steve Bardens/Getty Images) Arsene Wenger led Arsenal to the FA Cup title on May 17. (Steve Bardens/Getty Images)

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger signed a three-year extension on Friday, the club announced.

Wenger has been with Arsenal for 17 years, making him the longest-tenured manager in club history, and the 64-year-old will remain there until at least May 2017.

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“I want to stay and to continue to develop the team and the club," Wenger said in a statement. "We are entering a very exciting period. We have a strong squad, financial stability and huge support around the world. We are all determined to bring more success to this club.

“The club has always shown faith in me and I'm very grateful for that. We have gone through fantastic periods and also periods where we have had to stick together. Every time when that togetherness was tested I got the right response. I think I have shown some loyalty as well towards this club and hopefully we can make some more history. I am sure we can.”

No active manager in English soccer has been with his club longer than Wenger, who has helped Arsenal qualify for the Champions League 17 years in a row — matched only by Real Madrid — and has won eight major trophies, including three Premier League titles and one of his five FA Cups two weeks ago to end a nine-year trophy drought.

Wenger is 578-194-238 in 1,010 matches with the Gunners.

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