Arsenal Chief Executive Gazidis says Wenger “is going to extend” his contract



Even though Arsenal have failed to win the Premier League since 2004, Chief Executive Gazidis along with his board believe that Arsenal are heading in the right direction and he is convinced that Wenger will be staying for the “long term”.

This is what Gazidis had to say:

“He [Wenger] is in his mid-sixties, it’s natural to think about when his time here might come to an end, but the truth is nobody knows,” Gazidis told the Telegraph.

“He is in fantastic shape. He is deeply engaged and excited. One of the biggest challenges we will face is the transition, whenever it happens, but that is not something we are going to be facing imminently.

“Obviously, he is going to be managing us next year and we are planning and making many decisions for the long term.

“The reality is we wouldn’t leave things until the last minute. I’m comfortable both that if Arsene is going to extend we will know that and if, whenever that is, he is going to come to an end, that he will give us the time that we need to prepare for that transition.

“The relationship with Arsene is very deep. It will be done behind closed doors and we will have our transition plans well worked out.

“He has always put the long-term health of the club first. He wants to hand over a football club, whenever that it is, that is in great shape. He views that as a massively important part of his legacy.

“But we are just not in that mode. I know Arsene wouldn’t stay on if he thought the club wasn’t heading in a good direction and thought he wouldn’t be able to deliver what the fans want.”

Arsenal finished second last season for the first time in a long time.

As usual the Gunners were hit with multiple injury problems. However they have already signed a new player, Swiss midfielder Granit Xhaka in a deal believed to be worth just over £30m.

“We have to be disappointed, certainly not satisfied, to end up second,” Gazidis said of last season’s campaign.

“We wanted more than that and I think that there were chances during the season. We are taking a long, hard, realistic look at why we fell short of our ambitions. You can’t say second place is a disaster, but it’s not what we are about.

He added: “We are in a position that we were not in four or five years ago where we don’t have to sell our best players. We can go and sign world-class players if and when the manager identifies them.”