Arsenal chief executive Ivan Gazidis on ‘biggest challenge’

Arsene Wenger

Arsenal chief executive Ivan Gazidis admits that the club will face challenges when manager Arsene Wenger eventually leaves.

Arsenal chief executive Ivan Gazidis believes that the biggest challenge the club will face is when they have to replace Arsene Wenger.

Wenger has been the Gunners’ manager since 1996 and is under contract until June 2017. It is likely that the 64-year-old will eventually sign a new deal that will see him remain at the Emirates Stadium beyond 2017, but it is inevitable that the Frenchman leave one day.

It is the transition that Arsenal will have to undergo following the eventual departure of Wenger is a challenge that Gazidis points out as the biggest they will face as a club.

‘Arsene has been a fantastic driver and has put the club in a great, great position’, he told Arsenal’s official website. ‘The biggest challenge we’re going to face as a club is that, when that transition from Arsene to the next manager of our football club happens - and I don’t know when that’s going to be - that we come through that strongly’.

Wenger has come under fire from some supporters in recent years due to his failure win major silverware, but there is no doubt that he has been a key figure in making Arsenal one of the biggest clubs in the world.

Perhaps when the time comes for Arsenal to undergo a transition period, they can learn from the mistakes of Premier League rivals Manchester United.

Following the retirement of Sir Alex Ferguson as the Red Devils’ manager at the end of the 2012-13 season, United appointed David Moyes as the boss. The Manchester outfit also failed to reinforce the squad properly, and it led to them enduring a disastrous 2013-14 campaign.

United are still in a transition period with Louis van Gaal in charge and a number of top-class players signings. Perhaps Arsenal can take note of how their rivals are coping with the departure of Ferguson, and make sure that they do not make similar mistakes when Wenger steps down.

Register for ARSENAL team updates

Register for HITC Sport - Daily Dispatch