Having worked side by side over the past eight years, Ivan Gazidis is uniquely placed to offer his assessment of Arsène Wenger.

After the club and the Frenchman announced that he had extended his contract, our chief executive told us he remains unshakeable in his belief that Wenger is the right man for the job.

“Arsène is somebody I have worked with for over eight years now, and I know the quality of the man, I know the quality of him as a football person and I know the quality of him as a human being as well,” he told Arsenal Player.

“Those values that he has, those qualities, are world class in every respect. His DNA is the same DNA as the club’s. He is driven to move forward, he is driven to evolve and he is driven to achieve those objectives of winning for this club and making those fans proud.

When you look at the world of football, and you think about the great candidates that there are - and there are many great coaching candidates in the world and Arsenal is a club that all of them would want to work for because of the things we represent in football - but when you look around and make that assessment, you don’t find any better candidates than Arsène Wenger.”

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31 May 2017