By Amir Mir
Arsenal chief executive Ivan Gazidis has given his first major sign that the north London club could be planning for life after Arsene Wenger.
Gazidis stated that “Arsenal is not Arsene Wenger”, with the Frenchman’s contract due to expire at the end of this campaign.
Wenger, 66, celebrated the landmark of 20 years at the north London club on October 1.
Despite this, Gazidis praised the work done by Wenger in his two decades in charge, as he revealed how the decision on Wenger’s future will be made.
“Arsenal is not Arsene Wenger. They’re not one in the same thing,” Gazidis told the Mirror. “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. In a football sense, he has transformed the club.”
Arsenal have failed to win the English Premier League title, since the famous ‘Invincibles’ side in 2003/04, with supporters showing their frustrations at the club’s failings in recent years.
Despite this the experienced coach has been heavily linked with taking charge of the vacant England managerial post, after the sacking of Sam Allardyce.
At this moment in time Wenger’s side are third in the league table with 16 points from seven games, one point behind rivals Tottenham and two points behind leaders Manchester City.
The Gunners will host Swansea after the international break, as the Emirates club look to extended their unbeaten run in all competitions to ten games.
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