Arsenal Chief Executive Ivan Gazidis Wants New Wenger Deal

Not many Premier League managers could survive eight seasons of mediocrity, especially not at the helm of one of the so-called ‘top four’ clubs. Think again. Arsenal chief executive, Ivan Gazidis has announced his desire for Arsene Wenger to extend his contract at the club.

With Manchester City, Manchester United and Chelsea all bringing in new gaffers this summer, many believed that the time was right for the Gunners to follow suit. And understandably so – Wenger has gone another season without any silverware. If it weren’t for a sensational run of eight wins and two draws in their last ten Premier League matches, his team would have missed out on a Champions League spot to their North London neighbors, and surely sparked an uproar from fans. Luckily for Wenger he topped their rivals by just one point and he maintained his trend of qualifying for the Champions League in every season of his tenure.

However is that enough for Arsenal fans? Arsenal sat 17 points below champions Manchester United at the end of the season, and were dumped out of both domestic cups by relatively poor opponents in Bradford City and Blackburn. However they were unfortunate in the Champions League where a second leg comeback came painfully close, only to be ousted on away goals by eventual champs Bayern Munich.

So mumblings from the Emirates faithful may have been somewhat justified. With Wenger’s contract set to expire at the end of next season, other clubs have been circling over North London waiting for a chance to swoop in for the Frenchman. However Wenger’s number one fan, chief executive Ivan Gazidis has once again pledged his unwavering support behind the 63-year-old and expects him to extend his contact at the club.

“We think we have got a fantastic manager. We hope he wants to do what he is doing for the long term. I believe he does. I think he is still ambitious, still driven and sees the potential of the club as he looks forward and I think he is very excited by that. We have a great relationship and he has a great relationship with the board. So, quietly and at the right time I think we will make an announcement on that when things are all put in place. We have got a lot of confidence in Arsene that he is the right person to take the club forward and I think he will want to do that.” (quotes via dailymail)

Wenger won the league title in his first full season with the club after joining in October 1996. Over the past 13 years he has racked up three premier league titles, four FA Cup winners medals, and four Community Shields. Not a bad resume. However since 2005, Wenger has had a trophy drought that has brought his position into question on multiple occasions. Gazidis maintains that consistency over immediate success is key.

“This is a club that has had remarkable consistency in terms of its manager, football philosophy and support from the board and our principal owner for the manager. It is pretty much unmatched, through some difficult periods as well. So if it is consistency players are looking for, Arsenal would be a very attractive place to come.”

Gazidis is positive that Wenger is the right man for the job. And what they have in Arsene is a man who is very dependable, honorable, and meticulous. But he will have to improve over the next season or two otherwise there will have to be change.

“We want to be competing at the top of the game and in order to do that you have to be in the Champions League. So we are pleased to qualified, or at least, for the qualification games. But it is not ultimately where we want to be with moving the club forward. We want to be a club that is competing at the very top end of the game and that means competing to win the Premier League and competing to win the Champions League. On that basis, we are not where we want to be yet.”

However it is this type of talk that Arsenal fans have been hearing for quite some time now. Ambition to develop and progress is what all clubs have – following through with tangible results is another thing all together. Having funds to buy top quality players has always been hot topic at the Emirates. Gazidis maintains that now the new stadium has been fully developed, resources will now be free to spend elsewhere. He believes its not all talk at the Arsenal camp now.

“It is not idle ambition when we talk about wanting to get there. I think we have a very solid plan that will give us the ability to be able to compete at that level provided we do things well. The stadium move has meant we have tied in a lot of our commercial deals to it that has put us behind the game. The critical thing now as we look ahead over the next season and the season after is our developing financial capability which will give us a lot more options than in recent years.”

So Arsenal fans will have their fingers crossed that maybe, just maybe, they will see Wenger finally flex his financial muscles and bring in a few key players that could make the difference between another mediocre season, and one with the a championship medal at the end. Gazidis is certain that Wenger is the man to take the club forward, and while that brings stability to the club once again, will the fans be lamenting his decision come the end of the season?

“We think we have got a fantastic manager who has seen us through moving to a new stadium, which is for many clubs a difficult period, and who is the right person to make the kinds of choices and decisions that we are going to have over this really significant period of the club’s development. So we are feeling very optimistic. The club is on a good path. We have been through a difficult and in some ways disappointing season, which ended satisfactorily. But we are not crowing about that. We are looking ahead and to how we can push forward.”

What’s your take on Arsene Wenger’s position at the club? Do you believe its time for the Gunners to make a change? Arsenal fan or not, have your say below.

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4 Comments on "Arsenal Chief Executive Ivan Gazidis Wants New Wenger Deal"

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  1. Olufemi Olafisoye says:

    I am sick and tired of Wenger and the Arsenal board.They make empty promises and at the end fail to live up to their promises of signing quality players.At the beginning of last window transfer,Wenger and the board member(Gazidis)promised that qualify players will be signed,but at the end they signed some as promised and sold some key players(RVP AND SONG). How long will this continue?,they should stop deceiving us(Fans).

  2. me says:

    So Arsenal are a “so-called ‘top four’ club”? lol, you mean they ARE a top 4 club, top four for the last 17 years, you dumb dumb.

    Wenger has done miracles keeping the team at the consistent level for so long, not many mangers could. All the Wenger out rats would be squeaking a different tune if they had there way and we ended up the new Liverpool, fighting it out for a 7th place finish.
    The downward slope can be very steep and slippery.

    And he hasn’t always been 100% honest about what he can and cannot do, only a moron would admit to anything that isn’t perfect when it could undermine your own job and team. Wait until he’s retired and read about the truth in his autobiography, then make judgements.

  3. Gabriel says:

    Am not a fan of sting wenger, we lost mata, harzad, cahill to Chelsea because of wenger, this time is for poetic e to chelsea, why wenger

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