Ivan Gazidis, Arsenal’s chief executive, has insisted that he cannot envisage Arsene Wenger ever leaving north London.
The Frenchman joined the Gunners in 1996, but an inconsistent season at the Emirates, which currently sees them battling to secure fourth place in the Premier League, has led to some speculation over his future.
However, according to Gazidis, Wenger is going nowhere and the Gunners chief clearly expects the manager to remain at the helm for some years to come.
“I’d like Arsene to stay for as long as he has the motivation to do the job – and I don’t see any dimming on his part,” Gazidis told The People.
“He believes in the project. He’s built a superb team of young players with great characters and real quality.
“Arsene is one of the best managers in the world and I cannot imagine a situation where he would want to walk away from Arsenal.
“It is difficult for me to imagine him not being the manager. Arsene’s identity, and the identity of the club, are intertwined.”
Gazidis also went on to lavish further praise on Wenger, even going as far as to claim that the Arsenal boss had redefined football in England.
“I think he has redefined not only the way Arsenal play, but I would argue, even the way The Premier League is played and even beyond that,” he explained.
“I am a huge admirer of his and we are extraordinarily fortunate to have a manager like him at the helm.”
Despite struggling at times this season, the Gunners appear to be finishing the season strongly.
They have regained fourth place in the table and are also in the quarter-finals of both the FA Cup and the Champions League, as they seek to end the season with some silverware.
New signing Andrey Arshavin has also helped rejuvenate Arsenal but Gazidis hinted that big money signings would be few and far between, as the Gunners continued their policy of trusting their young players.
“As for spending money, we believe in the young players that we have. If we go out and spend money in the transfer market, then it relegates those players,” he said.
“We only make investments when we are signing a player who adds something to the squad.
“You saw us do that with Andrei Arshavin, but we won’t be doing it for the sake of it.”
Gill Clark, Goal.com