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A saga of almost elephantine pregnancy proportion mercifully ended on Wednesday when Arsene Wenger signed a new two-year contract with Arsenal. The would-he wouldn’t-he inquisition started over a year ago and the back pages have not let it go, even though there could be only two possible outcomes.

The question had been put to Wenger at virtually every press conference over the past 10 months and he has answered in the same way every time — by effectively saying it will be decided at the end of the season. Someone even suggested a sponsored silence on the subject (I would have contributed).

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