Reports are put claiming that Arsene Wenger is set for a contract extension with Arsenal.
Gunners chief executive Ivan Gazidis has suggested the club are ready to offer Arsene Wenger a contract extension as he lauded the achievements of the 62-year-old manager.
The French tactician joined Arsenal in 1996, and with his current deal due to expire at the end of next season, Gazidis says the 62 year old remains part of the club’s long-term plans.
Gazidis insists the Gunners’ faith in Wenger comes from a belief that he is the right manager to lead the club into the future, despite not winning a trophy in seven years.
Gazidis told the Telegraph : “It’s not a sense of sentimentalism, not a reward for services, it’s a belief that we have an incredible manager who loves this club and is the best man to lead us forward,”.
“We’re really confident about the direction that the club is heading. I feel he can keep going for a long time. He’s in fantastic shape and he’s as driven as he’s ever been and excited as ever.
“He played in some staff games recently. When you put him out on the football field, he is still fit, quick and a good footballer. It’s fantastic to see his endless enthusiasm. I really have learnt from Arsene and the players learn from him as well.
“The values that Arsene has brought to the club together with the values that the club had before Arsene are what will inform us and give us the framework as to who might take over from him in the longer term. He is written into our DNA.
“As a club, we have to make sure that all of the things that Arsene has brought to the club are enshrined in our DNA to make sure that, when Arsene decides it’s time, we are in a position to take his ideas and work forward.
“The values that Arsene has brought to the club together with the values that the club had before Arsene are what will inform us and give us the framework as to who might take over from him in the longer term. He is written into our DNA.”