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Arsenal ready to hand Wenger new contract

Arsenal are ready to open new contract talks with manager Arsene Wenger. The Sunday Mirror says having smashed the club's transfer record to sign Mesut Ozil for £42.4m last week, Arsenal's priority is to now secure the future of Wenger.

The Frenchman's deal expires at the end of this season and talks over a new contract were shelved while the Ozil signing was secured.

Arsenal fan groups had released statements calling for 63-year-old Wenger's contract to be put on the back burner after the opening-day defeat against Aston Villa.

But owner Stan Kroenke and chief executive Ivan Gazidis have taken the Ozil signing as further proof that Wenger deserves a new deal.

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