However, Gazidis repeatedly avoided questioning on whether he wanted Wenger to see out the final year of a two-year contract extension he signed last summer. The Wall Street Journal reported that Wenger had chosen to leave on his own terms rather than face being pushed out at the end of the season. Gazidis, though, claimed the wheels hadn't been put in motion to appoint a successor until Wenger made his decision public.
Passion, respect and success- that is what Arsene Wenger is all about. Thank u for what you've done for us at @Arsenal and the football world. ⚽️ I'm grateful for everything you've taught me & all the trust you've put in me no matter how difficult the situation was.Merci Boss! pic.twitter.com/2KyoLyWrVT— Mesut Özil (@MesutOzil1088) April 20, 2018
Former Arsenal captain Patrick Vieira, Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers and Germany coach Joachim Loew are among the front runners with the bookies in a wide-open field of contenders. "We haven't had any discussions to date regarding that process," added Gazidis. "The most important thing is to make the right appointment not a quick appointment."
"He is, without doubt, one of the greatest Premier League managers."— BBC Sport (@BBCSport) April 20, 2018
Players and managers pay tribute to Arsene Wenger as he is set to leave Arsenal.
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'He was extraordinary'— BBC Radio 5 live (@bbc5live) April 20, 2018
An emotional Bob Wilson tells @NickyAACampbell how Arsene Wenger helped him 'through difficult times for him and his wife'
Full interview ?️? https://t.co/r6dyCBFwm2#Arsenal pic.twitter.com/JHH0vFHtJC