Arsenal confident over new Wenger deal

August 26, 2007

Arsenal managing director Keith Edelman believes it is only a matter of time before Arsene Wenger signs a new contract at the Emirates.

Wenger's current contract expires at the end of the season and the delay over putting pen to paper on a new deal has followed vice chairman David Dein's departure from the club last April.

But Arsenal are confident that the 57-year-old coach will commit himself to the club by signing a reported three-year deal in due course.

Edelman told BBC Radio Five Live's Sportsweek: 'Arsene has a fantastic squad which we feel he'd like to develop to its full potential.

'Arsene will decide when he wants to sign and when he does we'll announce it. It's very much in his court at this point in time.

'We have always been very confident that Arsene will re-sign another contract. We leave these matters very much to Arsene. He will decide when he wants to sign and when he's ready.

'It will be a renewal of his contract, it is not a 20-year deal, but we go stage by stage, have a discussion and then move to the next stage.

'We would like Arsene to be with the club for a very long term but he will have to look at what he wants to do as well.'