Ivan Gazidis says that sentiment plays no part in the club’s planning and that they’re ready and willing to make changes when necessary.
However, he believes that in Arsene Wenger the club has the right manager, and says that there are no imminent plans to do anything about the managerial situation at the club.
Speaking to the Telegraph, he said, “There is not nostalgia on either side. The reason we have Arsene as our manager is because our board believes he can deliver success.
“The reason that Arsene is here is because he believes that he can deliver success. If either of us didn’t believe that we would not be constrained by nostalgia or longing; we would have to make a change.
“Arsene would understand and support that. But it’s just not how either side feels. We feel we are on a good path.”
Ahead of a new season, he said that their thoughts are more with Wenger than a replacement.
“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. He’s 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.”
The Arsenal CEO, who will meet fans and shareholders this evening in a now customary end of season event, and says that Wenger’s passion for Arsenal will play a part in his eventual succession.
“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,” he said.
“The relationship with Arsene is very deep, 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.”
There’s also plenty of stuff about season ticket renewals, the usual well-versed speak about how bright the club’s future is, and transfers this summer, which you can read from the link above.
We’ll have an extensive report from that shareholder’s meeting, so keep an eye on the site for that.