Published: Sat, April 21, 2018
Sports | By Phillip Butler

Ivan Gazidis: Arsenal must be bold in new manager search

Ivan Gazidis: Arsenal must be bold in new manager search

"I am surprised. It is his decision".

The last few years have been sad for Arsene Wenger.

"He was the dominating guy in mid 1990s, 2000s".

"We need to be open-minded and also fearless in the decision".

"It will be different".

He said: "I like the idea of Wenger gone - change will do us good".

Matt Hughes of The Times writes that Wenger was told "he would be sacked if he did not walk". I didn't even know him. The couple have a 20-year-old daughter together. I can not imagine it. Given unprecedented control over the team's personnel (at least as far as Arsenal was concerned), he cast aside the team's British provincialism raided the French league for players such as Nicolas Anelka, Emmanuel Petit and Theirry Henry and brought Marc Overmars over from Ajax, the Dutch power. There are plenty of former players who played here who have potential and the intelligence and the knowledge to do it. "I hope he doesn't retire from football". The 98 team was incredible. "And our fans want to see somebody who will continue to play progressive, exciting football, that gets people interested and excited in the games that we play. We as a club will show him the respect he deserves".

Former goalkeeper David Seaman said it was a "sad day", while former midfielder Paul Merson called for the club's stadium to be renamed after the Frenchman in his honour. I am forever in debt to this man. "I am grateful for having had the privilege to serve the club for so many memorable years". His Gunners had just completed an invincible season and the English Premier League at their feet at that time. In 2008, an Arsenal team led by a 20-year-old Cesc Fabregas looked on their way to winning the league before the in-form Eduardo had his leg broken courtesy a awful, bad challenge against Birmingham Wenger's view on football always went beyond just the field - it was enriched by economics, immersed in ideology. "Thank you for all the memories and trophies boss", Hector Bellerin also said.

"Thanks for everything Arsene".

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"I don't know what you mean by parking the bus".

West Ham are six points above the relegation zone, and Moyes, who was put in charge until the end of the season, said whether he stayed at the club beyond that would only be decided once the campaign ended.

Do you have something awesome to share with the world? Forget the fact that he could've upped and gone to any of the bigmoney clubs throwing come-hither looks in his direction; as Wenger-themanager's stock started dipping, Wenger-the-philosopher took centre stage.

The news was announced on Friday morning, with Wenger set to depart 12 months into a two-year deal. He has given much of his life to Arsenal.

More importantly, the two teams battled on the field.

He said at the time: 'My wife likes watching football, she watches all the games of Arsenal at home. "Merci et bonne chance, Monsieur Wenger".

Wenger, 68, announced on Friday that he would end a near 22-year reign at the north London club, during which he has become Arsenal's most successful manager.

"We're not going to find a replacement for Arsene Wenger".

"It's already seventeen years ago that I made my transfer to Arsenal". He's an absolute gentleman as a person. Since its loss to Barcelona in 2006 Champions League final, Arsenal has struggled endlessly in the Europe elite football championship.

"He basically moved the goalposts for everybody else". The smile on his face and the way he was going around and congratulating the players was really pleasing for me to see.

"Respect Mister Wenger!" the club wrote on its Twitter feed, showing a picture of the Frenchman during his days as manager of the club.

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