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Arsenal: Decision on Wenger’s contract to be made together, says Gazidis

Arsenal FC v FC Basel 1893 - UEFA Champions League

LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 28: Arsene Wenger, Manager of Arsenal looks on before the UEFA Champions League group A match between Arsenal FC and FC Basel 1893 at the Emirates Stadium on September 28, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Paul Gilham/Getty Images)

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VATICAN CITY (AP) Arsenal CEO Ivan Gazidis says the team will deal with manager Arsene Wenger’s future “in our own way and in our own time.”

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Wenger’s contract expires at the end of this season, his 21st year with the club.

Speaking on the sidelines of a Vatican conference on faith and sport, Gazidis tells The Associated Press “he’s been clear and we’ve always been clear, that’s a mutual decision as to how long he’ll continue. Both need to be on the same page on that.”

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For many fans, the 66-year-old Wenger has been the only manager they’ve ever known at Arsenal.

Gazidis says “Arsenal is not Arsene Wenger. They’re not one in the same thing. ... In a football sense, he has transformed the club.”