Wenger’s fu­ture bright

Gun­ners CEO Gazidis in­sists club will sort out man­ager’s fate soon

The Star (Kenya) - - Sports -

Arse­nal CEO Ivan Gazidis says the club will deal with man­ager Arsene Wenger’s fu­ture ‘in our own way and in our own time.’

Wenger’s con­tract ex­pires at the end of this sea­son, his 21st year with the club.

The 66-year-old in­sists he still has the ‘pas­sion’ to guide the Gun­ners to sil­ver­ware but has also been heav­ily linked with the Eng­land post.

Speak­ing on the side­lines of a Vatican con­fer­ence on faith and sport, Gazidis told the As­so­ci­ated Press: “He’s been clear and we’ve al­ways been clear, that’s a mu­tual de­ci­sion as to how long he’ll con­tinue. Both need to be on the same page on that.’

For many fans, the 66-year-old Wenger has been the only man­ager they’ve ever known at Arse­nal.

The London club is play­ing in the Cham­pi­ons League for a 19th con­sec­u­tive sea­son un­der Wenger, but the French­man has not guided Arse­nal to the Premier League ti­tle since 2004.

“Arse­nal is not Arsene Wenger. They’re not one in the same thing,” Gazidis said. “What Arsene has done is to cap­ture and un­der­stand and em­brace the val­ues of the club and en­hance them.”

“In a foot­ball sense, he has trans­formed the club,” the CEO added. “But I think from a value stand­point, we’ve been do­ing work in our lo­cal com­mu­nity for 30 years, be­fore Arsene Wenger came to the club.”

At the be­gin­ning of the month Wenger cel­e­brated his 20th an­niver- sary with the Gun­ners.

Asked whether he could see him­self tak­ing his reign at Arse­nal up to a quar­ter of a cen­tury, he said: “I don’t know. I think I have one qual­ity - a pas­sion for the game - and an­other one, that I have a de­sire to be bet­ter than I was yes­ter­day. The way I man­age to­day is not the same as it was five years or 20 years ago. I rule noth­ing out be­cause I want to work and I want to do well.”

“I ac­cept as well that it can fin­ish to­mor­row; it’s a love story and a love story you ex­pect to last for­ever but it can stop ev­ery day.”

Fol­low­ing the in­ter­na­tional break the Gun­ners, cur­rently third in the Premier League stand­ings, host Swansea on October 15.

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Arse­nal CEO Ivan Gazidis speaks with man­ager Arsene Wenger.

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