Arsenal Chief Admits To Have Held Talks With Wenger’s Replacement

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Arsenal chief executive officer, Ivan Gazidis has revealed that he held talks with other coaches to take over from Arsene Wenger but could not find “ better candidates”.

Gunners chief executive Ivan Gazidis says he was unable to find a better candidate than Wenger

The future of the Gunners boss was up in the air for most parts of last season with reports that the Frenchman was reconsidering his future at the club after spending twenty years at the helms of affairs.

Arsenal were said to have held talks with several managers that will take over from Wenger but Gazidis has now come out to admit that the fact, he 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.

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“For us we thought about the issue of who we wanted to take us forward.

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“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.

“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.

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

“If you look across the world of football, you don’t find better candidate than Arsene Wenger. We kept coming back to Arsene.”

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