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Arsenal chief Gazidis: We're extraordinarily happy with Wenger

Arsenal chief Ivan Gazidis says there's no doubts that manager Arsene Wenger will remain with the club for many years into the future. Both men believe that a golden era is beckoning at the Emirates Stadium, an era when glorious football and huge crowds are joined at last by the missing ingredient: trophies.

"There is always pressure to win trophies at a club like this and we think we can win trophies this year," Gazidis told The Times. "We're going to be right in the mix. You never know what fortune holds for you, but we believe we have a squad that will be very much in the mix for any competition we enter over the next five years.

"There is no question in my mind that this club is going to be very successful in delivering trophies to its fans consistently in that time period."

The reference to five years inevitably gives rise to questions about Wenger, who is 60 years old and has yet to open talks on an extension to his contract, which expires at the end of next season.

"We are very relaxed about Arsène's contract," Gazidis says.

"At the right time we and Arsène will talk about extending that. Typically with Arsène those discussions happen towards the end of the contract period. But we're extraordinarily happy with him. It's difficult for me to imagine anything other than Arsène leading the team forward with this young group of players. There's a huge amount of ambition left in Arsène and a huge amount of vision and legacy that has yet to be achieved."

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