By Editor Wayne Veysey
Arsenal have no plans to offer Arsene Wenger a new contract, Football Insider sources understand.
It has been reported that the Gunners hierarchy are keen to tie the Frenchman to a deal that will keep him at Emirates Stadium until 2019.
Arsenal have climbed to second in the Premier League on the back of a five-match winning run and got their Champions League campaign back on track with the landmark win over Bayern Munich last week.
But sources have said that Arsenal chiefs are not at this stage planning contract talks with Wenger at the end of the season that would tie him to the club for another four years.
The Frenchman signed a two-plus-one deal in 2014, which gives Arsenal and Wenger the option to extend his contract for a further 12 months beyond next summer, through to 2017.
The Arsenal board, led by American owner Stan Kroenke, will allow the most successful manager in the club’s history to leave on his own terms.
Wenger is expected to decide at the end of the season whether to commit to Arsenal beyond next summer.
His decision will be based on the events of the current campaign, which is looking increasingly promising as Arsenal mount what could be the team’s most sustained title challenge in a decade.