Arsenal Chief Executive Admits Board Considered Replacing Wenger Last Season

Ivan gazidis

After all the banters of Wengerout and fans’ outrage on Arsenal FanTv, it seemed like the Arsenal fans almost got what they wanted at the end of the last season- the departure of their long serving manager, Arsene Wenger.

In his recent interview, Arsenal Chief Executive Ivan Gazidis has admitted that the Arsenal board considered replacing Arsene Wenger last season before eventually backing the Frenchman with a two-year contract.

Speaking to Sky Sports, as reported by the  Daily Star, Gazidis said, “We’re in a society now where we are encouraged to throw away the old and buy the new thing which will make you happy and solve your issues. For us we thought about the issue of who we wanted to take us forward.”

“When we thought about the key qualities, they were the experience, the gravitas for a club like this, a record of success in the game. Also we wanted someone who could represent our values as a club, what we stand for in the world of football and with our fans,” he added.

Faith of club’s owner’s in Arsene Wenger:

It is clear that Gazidis believe in Wenger’s style of managing. His style of Football especially the ‘beautiful football’ and ways to foster the youth has ensured the trust of clubs owners in him over all these years.

“We wanted someone who would play attacking, attractive football, that is a core part of this football club, and finally someone who would give young players a chance. We see players like Hector Bellerin, Alex Iwobi coming through, Reiss Nelson and Joe Willock have had a fantastic pre-season.”

“If you look across the world of football this is a plum position, people want to be manager of Arsenal,” Gazidis said.

“If you look across the world of football, you don’t find better candidates than Arsene Wenger. We kept coming back to Arsene. It wasn’t a sentimental decision; it wasn’t based on 20 years of history with the club although there is tremendous loyalty which comes with that.”

Author’s take:

Having brought Silverware home by beating the champions of the last season in the Community Shield final and a breathtaking opening game of the Premier League this season, it looks like Wenger won’t face much stick from the fans. Might be too early to say, but if Wenger finds a solution to his defensive problems and convince Sanchez to stay, Arsenal can be strong contenders for the Premier League title.

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