Arsenal chief executive Ivan Gazidis is asked why the club waited until the end of the season to reveal the news..
“It is not really a question about contract discussions, that is not the issue here. The issue is a deep conversation on Arsene’s side and on the club’s side about what is right for Arsenal Football Club.
“It is not about people, it is not about contracts, it is about Arsenal Football Club. It is a very mature conversation that involved conversations between people who have deep respect for each other and who care about the football club, and want too make the right decision to push the club forward towards its goals.
“That is a decision we wanted to think very deeply about: is this the right decision, both for Arsène and for the club, but above all for the club.”