Arsenal chief executive insists there will be a respectful process towards finding Arsene Wenger replacement
Arsenal chief executive Ivan Gazidis has said there have been no discussions on finding a new Arsenal manager following Arsene Wengers resignation from the club.
Wenger will leave the Gunners at the end of the season after 22 years in charge of the club.
The Frenchman has enjoyed all kinds of success at the north London side which saw him win seven FA Cups and three Premier League titles – his last one saw Arsenal go the entire league season unbeaten which has led to their famous Invincibles tag.
However, that came in 2004 and the club have somewhat lost their winning way in recent campaigns.
They also face the prospect of not making Champions League football for the second season running.
And Gazidis, who has been with Arsenal since November 2008, insisted there would be no replacement for Wenger, but instead a new path forward for the club.
In a press conference on Friday, Gazidis left a touching tribute to Wenger where he claimed a respectful process towards finding a new manager would be conducted at the club.
Gazidis said: "We havent had any discussions regarding a new manager but the process starts today. We will go through a respectful process.
"Were not going to find a replacement for Arsene Wenger. I think for a variety of reasons Arsene is an extraordinary manager and an extraordinary person.
"You dont find a replacement for Arsene Wenger, you find a new path forward."
The Arsenal CEO did not want to comment on whether Wenger will retire from football altogether or not but has no doubt over his credentials.
Gazidis added: "Hes in great shape, hes someone with a competitive edge. But thats really a question for him now.
"Arsene earned his position at the club over 22 years. I dont think there will be any manager who has that kind of authority at the top of the game at the biggest club like he had.
Gazidis also stressed the importance of Wengers qualities as a person as well as a manager, citing how the Frenchman inspired George Weah to become the best footballer in the world and helped give the Liberian the conviction to become president of his homeland in the future.
He added: "People are talking wonderfully a lot about what Arsene has done for Arsenal football club and what hes done for the wider world of football.
"His achievements are extraordinary and many of them will not be repeated.
“Arsene changed the game. He set a totally new standard. A new ambition. An ambition not just to win but win with perfection, to make art out of playing football.
"Incredibly, he achieved it with Arsenals Invincibles season.
"Hes reinvented the game and played some of the best football we have ever seen. Hes made Arsenal famous throughout the world for the style of football we play.
"Arsenal fans take enormous pride in that and for that we say thank you Arsene.
"Beyond football he has inspired the people around him. He does this through his human qualities. His understanding and empathy for people.
"He made people believe they can achieve great things on and beyond the pitch. He inspired George Weah that not only could he become the worlds greatest footballer but to have the conviction that he could become a president of a country.
"Were in a better place than we could have ever imagined 22 years ago.
"No words describe this man. He loves the game and he loves this club.
"We will give him the send-off he deserves."