English Premiership

Gazidis explains Wenger exit plan

2016-10-07 10:50
Arsene Wenger (Getty Images)

Cape Town - Arsenal chief executive Ivan Gazidis says that Arsene Wenger's exit from the club will come as the result of a mutual decision between the club and its manager of 20 years.

Wenger was tipped to take over as England boss following Sam Allardyce's recent dismissal and with his contract set to expire at the end of the season it remains a realistic option that the Frenchman could become the next Three Lions boss.

Speaking at a Vatican conference on faith and sport, Gazidis said: "He's been clear and we've always been clear, that's a mutual decision as to how long he'll continue. Both need to be on the same page on that.

"Arsenal is not Arsene Wenger. They're not one in the same thing. What Arsene has done is to capture and understand and embrace the values of the club and enhance them.

"In a football sense, he has transformed the club. But I think from a value standpoint, we've been doing work in our local community for 30 years, before Arsène Wenger came to the club."

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