Wenger’s future bright
Gunners CEO Gazidis insists club will sort out manager’s fate soon
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.
Arsenal CEO Ivan Gazidis speaks with manager Arsene Wenger.