Arsenal CEO gives backing to Wenger

Arsenal chief executive Ivan Gazidis has stated that Arsene Wenger has no plans of leaving the club, and is the man to lead The Gunners forward in the long term.

Speculation at the start of the season dictated that the French coach may consider his position come the end of the campaign, but this was largely based around Arsenal’s poor showing on the pitch.

Since the early season blip, the Emirates Stadium outfit are back to their best and up to fourth place; Gazidis wants Wenger to stay at the club long into the future.

“Arsene’s only 62 and in great shape and I don’t sense any weakening of his desire,” he told The Telegraph.

“Nobody knows what the future holds but it is entirely possible that he will be with the club for a long time to come.

“A conversation I had with him in recently was talking about squad planning for 2016-17.

“I know what he meant by talking about the short term. He wants to be successful and that’s important.

“At the same time he cares about this club so deeply, he’s thinking about things that will only impact the club after he has gone.

“It is a privilege to work with Arsene. He is an extraordinary individual with an unbelievable commitment to the club,” he concluded.

By Gareth McKnight