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Arsene Wenger’s contract at Arsenal expires next year and Ivan Gazidis has revealed plans are already on ground on when Wenger leaves the club.
The Frenchman is currently the longest serving coach in the Premier League having spent 20-year.
According to a report from Starsport claims Arsenal are lining up Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe is the man to succeed Wenger at the Emirates.
Gazidis spoke to 17 Arsenal supporters’ representatives earlier this month when he revealed the news.
“Ivan Gazidis said that it would be a big challenge when the day arrives that the manager leaves,” minutes from the meeting read.
“A lot of work has been done on infrastructure in recent years which will help insulate us when we make that difficult transition.
“He confirmed there is a plan in place but we obviously do not talk about it publicly.
“He reinforced the fact everyone is currently very positive about the direction and looking forward to the season.”
It is believed Arsenal board do not intend to let Wenger to pick his successor but they will take his opinion into account.