Kenya's Olympic Journey 1956-2012

First published: Michael Kwambo, 2012 || Revisions; Michael Samora, 2016

Kenya has competed in almost every Olympic Games since making their debut at the Melbourne Olympics of 1956. With the exception of the 1976 and 1980 games which Kenya and other countries boycotted for varying reasons, it has been a long, winding journey filled with many firsts, highs and lows along the way too. We document Kenya’s journey over the years.

THE BREAK OUT OLYMPICS

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA 1956

Competing as a colony of Great Britain, Kenya would make their Olympic Games debut in Melbourne, represented in athletics, hockey, swimming and shooting by a contingent of 25.  There were no medals for the team but notable results included Nyandika Maiyoro’s seventh position in the men’s 5000m final, Arap Sum Kanuti’s thirty first position in the men’s marathon and Lerease Joseph’s eighteenth place in the men’s high jump competition.

ROME, ITALY 1960

Kenya sent a twenty seven man contingent to these games, represented in athletics, hockey, shooting and sailing. Nothing much to write home about from these games as the team’s most notable performance was by Nyandika Maiyoro’s sixth placing in the men’s 5000m. 

THE BREAKTHROUGH OLYMPICS

TOKYO, JAPAN 1964

Kenya were back at the Olympics for a third successive games, this time taking part in five disciplines namely, athletics, boxing, sailing, shooting and hockey. Future stars Kipchoge Keino, Naftali Temu and Philip Waruinge were part of the travelling party to the Far East as Kenya competed for the first time as an independent nation, having gained freedom from Great Britain in 1963.

800m runner Wilson Kiprugut’s third place in the final race in Tokyo saw him bag Kenya’s first ever medal at an Olympic Games. Kenya’s hockey team put in a strong display, claiming a sixth overall position in their discipline, a feat that would see them ranked sixth globally.

THE BIG BANG GAMES

MEXICO CITY, MEXICO 1968

Kenya’s fourth appearance at an Olympiad would be a special one for various reasons. This was the first Olympics to be held in a developing country. Taking part in athletics, boxing, hockey and shooting, the Kenyan Olympic team were out to build on the sole bronze medal won in Tokyo four years earlier. 

Kipchoge Keino, by now a household name worldwide due to his distance running exploits beat the fancied American world record holder over 1500m, Jim Ryun, claiming Olympic Gold over the distance. 

Naftali Temu had earlier claimed Kenya’s first ever Gold medal at an Olympic Games, beating a strong field to win the 10000m while Amos Biwott, with his then unorthodox hurdling style that saw him go over the water jump in the 3000m/steeplechase and emerge dry, won the first of many Kenya medals over the distance. 

Keino (5000m), Ben Kogo (3000m/steeplechase), Wilson Kiprugut (800m) and   4x400m men's team ( Daniel Rudisha, Charles Asati,Naftali Bon and Munyoro Nyamau) would be Kenya’s silver medallists while boxer Philip Waruinge and Naftali Temu (5000m) were Kenya’s bronze medallists at a games where Kenya had announced her presence to the world with a big bang.

The Kenyan hockey team would place eighth in their discipline.

MUNICH, WEST GERMANY 1972

Having exploded on to the world scene with a bang, Kenya would be keen to replicate, if not eclipse their 1968 show. 

Kipchoge Keino, competing in his third Olympiad, ensured that Kenya would successfully defend the 3000m/steeplechase as he claimed gold in this race. Kenya’s second gold came from their 1600m relay quartet of Daniel Rudisha (current 800m world record holder David’s father), Charles Asati, Munyoro Nyamau, Julius Sang’ and Robert Ouko.

Silver medals from Ben Jipcho in the steeplechase, Keino’s 1500m silver and Philip Waruinge in boxing coupled with bronze medals from Julius Sang’ over 400m, Mike Boit in the 800m as well as Sammy Mbugua and Dick “Tiger” Murungu in boxing saw Kenya continue their medal haul that started way back in 1964.

THE BOYCOTTS

MONTREAL, CANADA 1976

Politics would come in the way of Kenya’s continued participation in the games, as they missed out on the 1976 games, boycotting with several other African countries in protest against the failure by the International Olympic Committee to suspend New Zealand from the games after it’s rugby team, the All Blacks, visited South Africa, which was then governed under the apartheid (segregation) system of government. 

MOSCOW, USSR 1980

This would be followed by another boycott in 1980, this time against the USSR’s decision to invade Afghanistan in 1979.

Emerging talent such as Mike Boit and Henry Rono would be unlucky to miss out on both games, especially when you realize that they were in the prime of their careers at this point in time.

THE RETURN

LOS ANGELES, USA 1984

Kenya had been away from the Olympics for twelve years, missing out as a result of politically instigated boycotts. Returning to the Los Angeles games in 1984, the country set out on a mission to continue from where they left off in 1972. 

Julius Korir reclaimed the 3000m/steeplechase title, following in the steps of Amos Biwott and Kip Keino before him. Bronze medals from boxer Ibrahim Bilal and athlete Mike Musyoka in the 10000m saw Kenya maintain their medal winning trend that started in 1964 with Wilson Kiprugut’s solitary bronze over 800m in Tokyo.

Sprinter Ruth Waithera broke ground for Kenyan women athletes, reaching the final of the 400m in Los Angeles, her time of 51.56 seconds a Kenyan record that still stands to date.

THE GOLD RUSH

SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA 1988

Heading into Seoul, Kenya had enjoyed some sporting successes in various disciplines. John Ngugi had won the World Cross Country championships in 1986, retaining it in 1987 and again in 1988. Kenyan athletes had dominated the All African Games in Nairobi. Douglas Wakiihuri had won the marathon gold medal at the World Athletic Championships in Rome. Kenya’s hockey and boxing teams were equally successful at these games. Crossing over to football, and though Kenya was not represented at the Olympics, Gor Mahia had won the African Cup Winners Cup in 1987 while the national football team had won silver at the 1987 All African Games in Nairobi. Indeed there was a feel good factor about Kenyan sport.

This feel good factor spilled over to the Seoul Olympics, where Kenya bagged nine medals, five gold, two silver and two bronze to crown their best showing since their debut in 1956. 

Four gold medals in athletics from Starehe Boys Center alumni Paul Ereng 800m, Peter Rono with Kenya’s first Olympic win in the 1500m since 1968, Julius Kariuki maintaining the country’s dominance in the 3000m/steeplechase and John Ngugi (5000m) were topped up by boxer Robert “Napunyi” Wangila’s gold in the welterweight division, the first ever by an African boxer.

Douglas Wakiihuri, the reigning world champion in the marathon claimed silver alongside Peter Koech in the steeplechase while bronze medals from Kipkemboi Kimeli in the men’s 10000m and boxer Chris Sande in the middleweight division made it a good outing for Kenya.

THE AFTERMATH

BARCELONA, SPAIN 1992

The class of 1988 was going to be a tough act to follow, many of the medallists from that squad had moved on for various reason. 

William Tanui and Matthew Birir won Kenya’s only gold medals at this game, Tanui making sure Kenya retained the 800m title won in Seoul while Birir continued Kenya’s legacy in the steeplechase. 

Nixon Kiprotich (800m), Paul Bitok (5000m), Richard Chelimo (10000m) and Patrick Sang (3000m steeplechase) were Kenya’s silver medallists. Sprinter Samson Kitur claimed bronze in the men’s 400m alongside William Mutwol in the 10000m.

Eight medals for Kenya at these games. A certain Tecla Lorupe finished 17th overall in the women’s 10000m final.

ATLANTA, USA 1996

A further dip for Kenya in terms of medals, Joseph Keter sparing the country’s blushes by winning gold in the 3000m/ steeplechase, becoming the seventh different Kenyan to win this race. 

Paul Bitok (5000m), Paul Tergat (10000m), Moses Kiptanui (3000m/steeplechase) and Pauline Konga (women’s 5000m) were Kenya’s silver medallists. 

Bronze medals came from Fred Onyancha (800m), Steve Kipkorir (1500m) and Eric Wainaina in the men’s marathon.

Konga’s medal was particularly remarkable as she had become the first Kenyan woman to win an Olympic medal of any kind. 

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA 2000

Noah Ng’eny in the 1500m and Reuben Kosgei in the 3000m steeplechase were Kenya’s gold medallists. Ng’eny winning Kenya’s first 1500m Olympic title since Kip Keino thirty two years earlier while Kosgei ensured Kenya’s dominance of the steeplechase continued.

Paul Tergat was beaten to second place in an epic 10000m final by Haile Gebreselaise, settling for silver alongside Wilson Boit Kipketer in the steeplechase and Eric Wainaina in the marathon.

Joyce Chepchumba became the second ever Kenyan woman to win an Olympic medal, claiming bronze in the women’s marathon. Bernard Lagat claimed the other bronze in the 1500m.

ATHENS, GREECE 2004

Kenya would win one gold medal in Athens, the spiritual home of the games. The gold inevitably came from the 3000m steeplechase where Ezekiel Kemboi become the eighth different Olympic gold medallist for Kenya in this race. Four silvers from Bernard Lagat (1500m), Brimin Kipruto (3000m steeplechase), Isabella Ochichi (women’s 5000m) and Catherine Ndereba (women’s marathon) added to the Kenyan tally. Paul Kipsiele Koech (3000m steeplechase) and Eliud Kipchoge (5000m) were Kenya’s bronze medallists.

Kenya’s men claimed the first ever clean sweep of the 3000m steeplechase, taking all medals on offer while Ochichi and Ndereba became the third and fourth Kenyan Olympic medallists.

THE SECOND GOLD RUSH

BEIJING, CHINA 2008

Kenya competed in the 2008 Summer Olympics held in Beijing, People's Republic of China from August 8 to August 24, 2008 winning a total of 14 medals, 6 of the gold, its best ever performance at the Olympics.

The Kenyan's sent a total of 28 men and 18 women to the 2008 summer Olympics. Four of the Kenyan men were credited for the six gold medals and two went to the women. The other eight medals were split down the middle with four silver and four bronze. Among the gold medalists in Beijing for the Olympics was Brimin Kipruto. He brought home the seventh straight medal in the 3,000 meter steeplechase for the Kenyans. This record dates back to the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics. Coming in at a close third was Richard Mateelong who couldn't quite catch the Frenchman Mahiedne Mekhissi-Benabbad.

The 2008 Beijing Olympics was the first time the Kenyans had participated in the women's 800 meter event final. Shortly after the 3,000 meter steeplechase, the women captured a gold medal against many odds. Along with the gold, they also took home the silver as well. Pamela Jelimo led her fellow Kenyan Janeth Jepkosgei Busienei to a one-two finish.

Samuel Wanjiru (now deceased), was only  21-years-old at the time. He timed his marathon at 2 hours, 6 minutes, and 32 seconds. This not only brought home the gold medal for the Kenyans, but also broke the 24 year-old Olympic record set by Carlos Lopes.

The Kenyans finished the Olympics being the most successful African country in the Beijing Olympics, and 15th place in the overall country standings.

London, Great Britain 2012

David Rudisha became the first athlete to set a new world record on the track at London 2012 as he won 800m gold in his debut Olympic final. He become the first man inside one minute 41 seconds, clocking 1:40.91. Rudisha's Comments after the race were: "Wow! I'm very happy. This is the moment I have been waiting for for a very long time. To come here and to break the world record is something unbelievable."

Kenya went on to finish the 2012 Olympics ranked in a disappointing 28th position with 11 medals; two Gold, four silver and five bronze.  The second Gold was in Men's 3000M Steeplechase won by Ezekiel Kemboi. 

National Olympic Committee Kenya (NOCK) sent the nation's largest delegation to the Games, surpassing the record set in Beijing by a single athlete. A total of 47 athletes, 27 men and 20 women, competed in athletics (specifically in the middle-distance events and marathon), boxing, swimming and weightlifting. The Kenyan team featured four past Olympic champions: middle-distance runners Pamela Jelimo and Asbel Kiprop and steeplechase runners Brimin Kipruto and Ezekiel Kemboi. Among these champions, only Kemboi managed to recapture his gold medal from Athens, after winning the men's steeplechase event. Kenya's top swimmer Jason Dunford, who specialized in the butterfly and freestyle events, became the nation's first male flag bearer at the opening ceremony since 2000. 

(Table Wikipedia) 

Medal

Name

Sport

Event

 Gold

Ezekiel Kemboi

Athletics

Men's 3000 m steeplechase

 Gold

David Rudisha

Athletics

Men's 800 m

 Silver

Sally Kipyego

Athletics

Women's 10,000 m

 Silver

Priscah Jeptoo

Athletics

Women's marathon

 Silver

Vivian Cheruiyot

Athletics

Women's 5000 m

 Silver

Abel Kirui

Athletics

Men's marathon

 Bronze

Vivian Cheruiyot

Athletics

Women's 10,000 m

 Bronze

Abel Kiprop Mutai

Athletics

Men's 3000 m steeplechase

 Bronze

Timothy Kitum

Athletics

Men's 800 m

 Bronze

Thomas Longosiwa

Athletics

Men's 5000 metres

 Bronze

Wilson Kipsang

Athletics

Men's marathon

Simon Ngige played an inspired round of 7 birdies and 6 pars as he went on to claim a total score of 67, 4 under the 71 par Muthaiga Golf course, at the end of Day one of the Barclays Kenya Open.

Ngige ended day one tied for 13th as the best placed Kenyan, ahead of amateur Alfred Nandwa (T42) who ended on 2 under par, Riz Charania and David Odhiambo (T56) both on 1 under par. Stefan Adersen and Richard Ainley (T73) finishing the day on par.

The day however belonged to South Africa’s Jaco Ahlers, the former European Tour player blowing away the field to finish on 7 under par to finish top of the Leaderboard, ahead of Welshman Rhys Davies who shot a 6 under par.

Defending Kenya Open champion Sebastien Soderberg finished on T56 after playing a round of one under par. Kenyan hopefuls Dismas Indiza and Jacob Okello both had a bad day at the office playing rounds of 1 over and 7 over par respectively.

Greg Snow also completing a rough day on the Muthaiga course on 2 over par to place him at T113.

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Netherlands’ Will Besseling, the winner of Karen Masters last week was also impressive, posting 35 in the first nine and 32 on the back nine for a score of 4 under par 67.

Former champion Gary Boyd of England posted a similar score but would have had a better result had he not picked a double bogey on hole 12 that cancelled an eagle on hole 10 where he teed off.

Reigning champion, Swedish Sebastian Soderberg is six strokes behind the leader after picking four bogeys in his round, he, however, picked a total of five birdies to settle for one under par 70.

The field for Friday's matches has, however, been reduced owing to the withdrawal of Englands Chris Lloyd, Bjorn Hellgren of Sweden who retired and the disqualification of Kenya’s Mathew Omondi who signed for the wrong score.

Leader board after Round 1:

Jaco Ahlers (SA)            -7    64

Rhys Davies (WL)         -6    65

Oscar Lengden (SWE)   -6    65

Oscar Stark (SWE)         -6   65

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Kenya's track legend Paul Tergat has urged athletes to take cross country competitions seriously as it boosts their performances during the track and road race seasons.

Tergat, who is a five-time World Cross Country Champion, said the event has had a low acceptance rate, especially from athletes in Europe and America, yet it has been proven it serves as a stepping stone towards building an athlete's stamina and endurance.

"Cross country is a very important event. And as we head to Kampala, it is important for those athletes who avoid it because it is strenuous to note that it helps boost their preparedness in terms of endurance," he said.

Tergat is the brand ambassador for the IAAF during the World Cross Country Championships, which will be held on Sunday in Kampala.

Last month he toured the course in Kampala and it filled him with nostalgia knowing what fame and accomplishment he gained out of the event during his active days as an athlete.

"This is very fine," Tergat said after a tour of the course. "It is a good challenging course with so many obstacles that will give a great scene to the spectators and a great run to the athletes."

Tergat said the about 600 athletes who will line up for the championships will have an upper hand in the build-up to the track season, which starts in May as they seek to attain optimum performance ahead of the World Championships in London in August.

But he singled out Kenya to dominate the event which returns to the Africa continent for the fifth time. World Cross Country Championships were first held in Africa in 1975 in Rabat, before Johannesburg, Marrakech and Mombasa staged the game.

Now he has prodded the Kenya team, which departs to Kampala Thursday, to go and affirm their prowess in the event by winning in the Ugandan capital.

His sentiments were echoed by another cross country great, Kenyan John Ngugi.

After missing out on the top podium places at 2007 Mombasa World Cross Country, Ngugi said that it's now time for senior men and women to remedy that with victories at Kampala.

Tergat on the other hand, said Kenyan juniors have now matured to take on the world after they failed to secure victory at the 2015 World Cross Country Championships in Guiyang, China.

Ngugi made history when he became the first man to win five senior men's 12km titles at the World Cross Country Championships. He won the races back-to-back from 1986 to 1989 before returning to claim the title again in 1992.

Tergat would become the second man to win the race five times, equaling Ngugi's record with back-to-back victories in 1995 to 1999.

Not long after the Sports Dispute Tribunal(SDT) reinstated Sofa Paka and Muhoroni Youth to the top flight  Kenya Premier League, Football Kenya Federation has confirmed the guideline for promotion and demotion of the league .

In a  letter signed by the Fkf Secretary General/CEO Robert Muthomi and sent to the Managing Director of Kenya Premier League Company Jack Aguda and copied to all KPL clubs, the federation has advised the KPL Company to stick to the decision of the National Executive Committee(NEC) which resolved that the last two teams on the final table standing  be relegated to the second tier league.

''We take this early opportunity to advise that as per the decision of the Fkf National Executive Committee, the teams finishing last and second last position according to the final table standing of the 2017 KPL season will be relegated directly to the National Super League(NSL). The teams finishing first and second position according to the final table standing of the 2017 NSL season will be promoted directly to the KPL.

The team finishing 16'th position on the final KPL table standing and the team finishing position number three(3) in the final NSL table standing will be subjected to the play off match to determine the team that participates in the 2018 KPL season'' read part of the letter

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A late strike by Jumaan Khalid salvaged a point for Nairobi City Stars during the mid week Fkf National Super League match played at KPA Mbaraki Sports Club on Wednesday 22/3/2017.

The match started at a cracking pace with Rangers throwing everything into attack from the word go and in the 5'th min dribbling wizard George Owiti tapped home a pass from Francis Ochola on the left flank.

Ten minutes later City Stars keeper Koffi Jean Claude  parred away  Athman Bori 's long drive  for an abortive corner. City Stars came back  raiding Rangers goalmouth with Oscar Jumba drive cleared by Samuel Karori in the 23'rd min.

The visitors made another effort in the 38'th min when Hamisi Mwinyi set Jumaan Khalid but his shot went over the bar.

City Stars came back a rejuvenated side in the second half and soon their  coach made substitution bringing in Innocent Mutiso for Edwin Nduati. Mutiso terrorized rangers defence with his long drive going off target in the 77'th min.  Two minutes later  Juman Khalid shot blocked by Rangers keeper Ryan Hamisi. Jumaan Khalid levelled the score when he headed home a cross from Mutiso four minutes to time and enable the visitors share the spoils.

With the Results Rangers have five points from three matches as City Stars have one point from three matches played.

Rangers face Vihiga United next Sunday 26/3/2017 at Mumias stadium as City Stars host Agro Chemical at Camp Toyoyo on the same day.

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Strathmore University ladies team on Thursday evening beat Vikings 3-0 denying them 3 points in the only midweek fixture played at the City Park Stadium.  This was the first game for the two teams in this year’s league.

Strathmore dominated the game with Vikings getting to the 25 yard line less than five times. 7 minutes into the game, Gilly Okumu of Strathmore made a solo move dribbling ball from 50 yard line past Vikings defense then passed  to Judy Apondi who put tried to find the back of the net but instead the ball went to a Vikings defense player giving the university side their first Penalty Corner (PC) but failed to convert.

In the 12th minute, Ruth Odhiambo with an assist from Gilly, tapped in the ball past Vikings Goal Keeper, Esther Kariuki was was caught flat foot. Thirteen minutes later,  Gilly got the ball in the net after dribbling past vikings defense. Despite dominating the 1st half, Strathmore failed to covert 4 PCs something that their Coach Meshack Senge said he could not understand but will address it when speaking to the girls.

The the 2nd half Strathmore seemed content with the score missing many open chances and failing to convert any PC they got against Vikings.  In the 52nd minute, Winnie Ingati scored what would be consider the goal of the season as she chipped inside after seeing Esther Kariuki had left the goal. 5 min to stoppage time game became tense when sticks started flying in the air and at some point Strathmore player of the day, Gilly had to be taken out by medical team to be attended to after she was hit on the head.

Strathmore will play next Mombasa Sports Club Away on the 9th of April while Vikings will be Hosting Amira Sailors at City Park on the 19th of April.

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Everton are considering a pre-season friendly in Tanzania as part of their expected new sponsorship deal with SportPesa.

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Sebastian Vettel believes that Ferrari is still unsure about its Formula 1 championship chances in 2017 despite finishing as the fastest team through pre-season testing.

Following a winless campaign in 2016, Ferrari sprung a surprise in winter testing by dominating proceedings in Barcelona, with Vettel and teammate Kimi Raikkonen finishing as the fastest drivers.

The new SF70H car appears to be a marked improvement on its predecessor following the change in the technical regulations, with three-time world champion Lewis Hamilton naming Ferrari as the favorite to win the first race in Australia this weekend.

Vettel remained coy about his chances when speaking in Thursday’s FIA press conference, saying it won’t be until the first sessions of the weekend in Melbourne are complete that Ferrari will truly know where it stands.

“So far we don’t know anything. For all of us it will be exciting to find out where we are on Saturday and Sunday, to get a first impression,” Vettel said.

“For us a lot of new things last year didn’t really go the way we expected, so I think for this year we have really focused on ourselves. We have tried to do our job back in the factory and in testing.

“I think testing times, I don’t think they are that crucial, I think it matters much more what you show from here onwards. We’ll see. I think we are a bit in the dark like everyone else, not knowing what other people have done.

“For ourselves we can be reasonably happy, we did decent mileage, we didn’t have any major issues with the car and hopefully we can carry that momentum into the race.”

Vettel added that Mercedes rival Hamilton “must be” the favorite for the drivers’ title in 2017 given the German team’s form, having won over 50 races in the past three years.

“Mercedes obviously has been in very, very strong form the last three years and even though we changed the regulations, if a team is strong then they will build a strong car the year after, no matter what you do with the rules,” Vettel said.

“I think it’s very clear who is the favorite. For all of us sitting here, we are trying our best to catch-up. How much we have succeeded, we will see and, as the season goes on, I’m sure the cars will have big progression and all the teams will bring lots of stuff to develop the cars.

“So, whoever’s in a good place in the beginning and still in a good place at the end will have a chance.”

Red Bull motorsport boss Helmut Marko is convinced Mercedes will consider Sebatsian Vettel for its 2018 line-up.

Marko is obviously well-versed when it comes to analysing the German driver's motivations and hypothetical plans, having brought him into the Red Bull pen years ago and shared four world championships with the Ferrari driver.

This season is viewed by many as a 'make or break' year for Ferrari and Vettel.

Should the Scuderia fail to live up once again to its expectations, the German could be encouraged to take a look at an opportunity of driving a Silver Arrows.

"Frankly, Sebastian’s results from 2016 did not reflect his class," former boss Marko insisted.

"There were some races where he would have done much better if he just wasn’t unlucky.

"Now, he will definitely try to be successful and in the end decide what will be the best for him personally," he added.

Marko thinks Mercedes signing Valtteri Bottas only for 2017, amid the expiring contracts of Vettel and Fernando Alosno, have been no coincidence.

"Mercedes will be interested in them for 2018," Marko concluded.

Manchester United reportedly lead the race to sign Atletico Madrid centre-back Jose Gimenez. The 22-year-old joined Atletico from Uruguayan side Danubio in 2013, and has been a regular at the Vicente Calderon over the last three seasons.

Gimenez has been forced to play second fiddle to Diego Godin and Stefan Savic for periods of the 2016-17 campaign, however, and it is understood that the defender is considering his long-term future in Madrid.

Liverpool have been strongly linked with a move for the Uruguay international, but according to AS, Man United are in pole position to land the centre-back as Jose Mourinho looks to sign defensive reinforcements this summer.

Gimenez, who has been restricted to just seven La Liga starts this season, has a release clause in the region of £39m.

Arsenal goalkeeper Petr Cech has been ruled out up for to a month with calf injury suffered in loss at West Brom, the scan has revealed.

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Although the offer of a new two-year deal has been on the table of some time, there had been speculation that Wenger would call time on his Emirates career after over two decades at the club.

However, despite another high-profile Champions League exit and another title challenge falling away before it could really begin, the Frenchman has seemingly become more resolute in his belief that he can steer the Gunners out of the trouble they now find themselves in.

Multiple sources on Sunday night and Monday morning have reported that Wenger will tell the Arsenal board that he wants to stay at the club beyond this season – for either one or two more years – in a decision that will not be a particularly popular one if and when it is confirmed.

In fact, the Guardian report suggests that Wenger and the board are looking for the best way of telling the fanbase that there will be no change in manager, which in itself would suggest just how toxic the atmosphere around the club has become. Confirming a deal so soon after a poor 3-1 defeat to West Brom – their fourth in five league matches – that has seen them slip to sixth in the table and putting their top four chances in real danger.