Arsenal have reportedly drawn up a list of possible candidates to replace their French manager Arsene Wenger in the summer.
Wenger, 68, had earlier announced on Friday that he would be ending his 22-year association with the North London club in the summer prompting the club’s search for a new manager ahead of the start of next season.
According to the Mirror, managers like ex-Barca boss Luis Enrique, current Germany boss Joachim Loew, Juventus boss Max Allegri, Monaco’s Leonardo Jardim and Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers are all on the Arsenal shortlist.
Others include Patrick Vieira and Mikel Arteta.
On the issue of finding a replacement for the Frenchman, Gazidis while speaking during a press conference on Friday said: “You don’t find a replacement for Arsene Wenger, you find a new path forward. What I will say is that it’s important to me that we continue the football values that Arsene has instilled in the club.”
“I want to see someone who can continue that for our fans and our fans want to see that, someone who will continue to play exciting, progressive football that gets people interested and excited in the games we play.
“There is another value which I didn’t talk about which is young players. Our academy teams are doing extremely well.
“Under the radar we’ve got a lot of players coming through into our first team. Not just ones that you already know about, but the next generation as well.
“So that value of giving youth a chance is also very important to the football club. I think we’ve got to be open-minded and also brave in the decision.
“When Arsene was appointed, I don’t think he was on many people’s radar screens. And that doesn’t mean that we have to make an another appointment that not everybody is thinking about and talking about.
“But it does mean we need to be bold in the appointment and get the person that we believe is the right person.” he concluded.