Gazidis: I am dreading hunt for new Weng
ARSENAL bigwig Ivan Gazidis has revealed he is planning for life without Arsene Wenger.
Wenger, who is 65 later this month, signed a new three-year deal in May.
And that gives Gunners chief executive Gazidis just enough time to make sure his club don’t go the same way as Manchester United.
The Red Devils plunged into mediocrity the moment Sir Alex Ferguson stepped down last year.
The Emirates faithful are desperate to avoid a flop appointment like David Moyes – or one needing ludicrous amounts of cash like Louis van Gaal.
Gazidis said: “The biggest challenge we are going to face as a club is the transition from Arsene to the next manager.
“I don’t know when that’s going to be, but we have to come through it strongly.
“So much of the attention on a football club is around an has been so very frustrating not being able to be where we want to these last few years.
“But, unlike the situation two or three years ago when we were really financially challenged and losing our top players, we are now tying our top players to long-term deals – guys like Jack Wilshere and Aaron Ramsey.”
And Gazidis is desperate for Arsenal to join the world’s elite.
He added: “I wouldn’t be doing this job if I didn’t believe we could compete at the very top level. I know Arsene feels exactly the same way.
“Where we are currently is just off the shoulder of the world’s top teams.
“The best teams in the world are in Europe. You think about the truly great names in world football – teams like Real Madrid, Barcelona and Bayern Munich.
“I don’t think we’re at that level yet, but that’s where we’re aiming to get to.
“It’s one thing to say that, but it’s another to be able to actually deliver it.”
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