Ivan Gazidis is set to hire Arsene Wenger as the new manager of AC Milan despite spending years trying to get rid of him from Arsenal.

When Arsene Wenger finally decided to call it a day at Arsenal, most people say that as a major win for the CEO Ivan Gazidis.

LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 28: Arsene Wenger manager of Arsenal (R) and Ivan Gazidis, CEO of Arsenal (L) in discussion as they sit in the stands prior to the UEFA Champions League Group F match between Arsenal and Olympiacos at the Emirates Stadium on September 28, 2011 in London, England. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND – SEPTEMBER 28: Arsene Wenger manager of Arsenal (R) and Ivan Gazidis, CEO of Arsenal (L) in discussion as they sit in the stands prior to the UEFA Champions League Group F match between Arsenal and Olympiacos at the Emirates Stadium on September 28, 2011 in London, England. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)

But the ink had hardly dried on Unai Emery’s Arsenal contract when Gazidis announced that he, too, was off, seduced by the bright lights and fat pay packet on offer from his mate who has found himself in charge of one of the world’s biggest football clubs.

Fast forward a few months and Arsene Wenger still hasn’t decided on where his career will go next while Gazidis is still boxing up his things at Colney.

With Milan performing poorly this season (they’re 12th in Serie A at present), Gazidis is now, reportedly, going to convince Wenger to join him in Italy.

Urm…

Arsene Wenger manager of Arsenal (right) and Ivan Gazidis, CEO of Arsenal. Picture: Clive Rose/Getty Images
Arsene Wenger manager of Arsenal (right) and Ivan Gazidis, CEO of Arsenal. Picture: Clive Rose/Getty Images

The article, which appeared in the S*n is full of ‘ifs’ ‘whens’ and ‘coulds’ and, while there is no denying that Gennaro Gattuso is under increasing pressure at the club, there is no indication that Gazidis is keen to reignite his relationship with Wenger.

Gazidis is set to start his new job next week.

Arsenal will not replace him directly, instead, splitting the job between Raul Sanllehi and Vinai Venkatesham.

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