After an Arsenal season marred by protests (sometimes violent) among Gunner fans over the future of manager, Arsene Wenger, the club’s chief executive, Ivan Gazidis has insisted that the French tactician is going nowhere.
According to Gazidis, who spoke to Daily Telegraph UK, the Arsenal board is fully behind its veteran boss and is not just backing him because of his former glories.
“The reason we have Arsene as our manager is because our board believes he can deliver success. We would not be constrained by nostalgia or longing.
“He’s in his mid-sixties, it’s natural to think about when his time here might come to an end.
“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.”
The Frenchman has come under increasing fire from sections of the Gunners faithful after another failed title challenge.
Wenger last won the Premier League in the 2004-05 season and despite three FA Cup wins since, supporters are growing restless after Leicester’s shock success.
One of the main accusations levelled at Wenger is that he has not splashed the cash to push for titles and has instead settled for regular Champions League qualifications.