Arsenal chief executive Ivan Gazidis claims that the board's faith in manager Arsene Wenger isn't solely from past success, speaking with  ESPN.

It is instead Wenger's continued commitment and drive, accompanied with his long-term visions for the club. Since Wenger has stood at the helm of Arsenal, the Gunners have won the Premier League on three occasions and the FA Cup six times. 

But after 12 years without a league title fans have begun to turn their back on the North London club, refusing to watch the team as long as Wenger stays in charge. 

The club has failed to mix within the European elite after being knocked out of the Champions League at the Last 16 stage six years running. 


The upcoming season is looking to be Wenger's last, as he enters the final year of his three-year-deal and celebrating 20 years in charge at the club. Gazidis however, has bundles of confidence in the Frenchman. 

Speaking to ESPN, Gazidis said: "I don't have a nostalgia for [Wenger], and the board doesn't have a nostalgia for Arsene, that's not why we believe in him. This isn't a football club that looks backwards. This is a club that looks forwards and is always, always pushing the boundaries of how we can progress.

"That's why we built the new stadium. That's why originally we hired Arsene Wenger and that's why we're keeping him engaged and involved in the project that we've embarked on. Our fan base is frustrated that we didn't win last season. We're frustrated that we didn't win last season," said Gazidis.

"I am. Stan Kroenke as our owner is. Arsene is. Nobody is more frustrated than he is; disappointed that we didn't finish on top because that's our goal."

"What I see is a manager who is deeply committed to this football club, devoted to it, continues to think about the long term."


Gazidis also revealed that perhaps Wenger needs to up his game on the transfer market, but admits that's not to blame for failure, as he goes on to say: "Of course everyone is engaged in the transfer market, and of course there's a tremendous media focus on that.

"I'm not saying that's not important. It is an important piece of the puzzle. There are so many other pieces to the puzzle that are critical contributors to success but are perhaps a little less glamorous.

"We haven't been falling behind, but we haven't been able to get that extra few percentage points that we need to achieve what is our goal. And our goal is not to be consistently in the top four. Our goal is to win it, so we're working on so many different fronts to make sure we can take that extra step."

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