Arsene Wenger close to signing contract extension at Arsenal

The Frenchman has been in charge of the Gunners since 1996
The Frenchman has been in charge of the Gunners since 1996

Reports tonight suggest that Arsene Wenger is ready to sign a contract extension with table-toppers Arsenal.

The Frenchman, who has been in charge of the Gunners since 1996, has 18 months to run on his current deal but The Sun claim that he is close to agreeing a new deal that would extend that contract by two years.

That would keep the Frenchman in the driving seat at the Emirates until the end of the 2019 season.

The Sun claim that with his current side in the hunt for their first title since 2004 and with the club's scouting sytem now fully overhauled Wenger is ready to commit his future to the Londoners.

The paper goes on to say that the new deal will be announced closer to the summer but they believe it is all but a done deal.

The last time Wenger signed an extension, agreeing to a three-year deal in 2014, he allowed the contract to run down almost to its conclusion, only putting pen to paper after the Gunners won the FA Cup, the first silverware for the club in nine seasons.

However it appears that this time the long-standing boss will ensure there is no speculation over his future and the new deal also indicates the belief the club's owners have in the man who will be 20 years at the helm later this year.

It should also end the vague rumours linking current Bayern Munich boss Pep Guardiola with Arsenal, further cementing the liklihood that the Spaniard will be Manchester bound at the end of the season, with City the red-hot favourites to secure his services.