Arsene Wenger criticised over new contract and Riyad Mahrez transfer pursuit


Arsene Wenger will attend an Arsenal board meeting created to resolve his future on Tuesday having already agreed the terms of a new two-year contract at the club as long ago as November, sources have told ESPN FC.

Finishing behind Tottenham in the Premier League table sure didn't help Wenger's cause as far as fans were concerned.

The Times of London revealed a year ago that Stan Kroenke, the majority owner, had prepared a two-year deal for Wenger to sign at his convenience.

Wenger's future, which has been up in the air for months, will be settled at a board meeting on Tuesday, but the 67-year-old said he could not say for certain whether or not the club's decision-makers will back him.

Wenger came under fire from sections of Arsenal's support during a Premier League campaign that concluded with his team failing to qualify for the Champions League for the first time in 20 years. It was more like the Gunners 3-0 win over the Blues at the beginning of the season which prompted Conte to change his system to a 3-5-2 which saw them charge to the title.

"The players play for their future, for their next season", Wenger said.

"They showed strength and unity and played spectacular football today".

Anti-Wenger banners were held aloft by Gunners fans in the closing stages of a 3-1 defeat at West Brom on March 18, while in the first half two planes towed banners over the ground - one criticising the manager and the other supporting him.

But he has been deeply hurt by the criticism he has received, branding the conduct of some supporters a "disgrace" and saying it created a "horrendous atmosphere" around the team.

But they finished on a high with the unexpected 2-1 win against Chelsea on Saturday, which completed a run of nine victories in 10 games after Wenger switched formation to accommodate a back three.

"This season we did something great with the players", said Conte, who disputed Sanchez's goal after replays suggested Ramsey was offside in the build-up. "We knew we would face a tough game", the 25-year-old said.

I just think it is such a silly decision to stay on.

"The behaviour of some people during the season, that is what hurts me most". Arsenal was completely dominant, something it was rarely able to claim over the past season.