Arsenal are expected to announce the man who will replace Arsene Wenger as manager next week, according to Gary Neville.
The former Manchester United captain, believes the Gunners already know who will replace Wenger, who will step down after this season.
Speaking on Sky Sports, Neville said: “The news that was broke to us earlier this week, I think it was agreed at the end of last season, it isn’t a surprise.
“The two-year contract was a shield. I would think the back-room team, the directors, owners at Arsenal have been working on a transition plan.
“I think they’ll give Arsene Wenger three, four, five days of what would be the incredible acknowledgement and appreciation of his achievements, that’s probably right.
“But I would expect next week there to be an appointment in place so everyone can face forward, look in the right direction, get the recruitment right, the players.
“Do you not think they know who the next manager will be, [Ivan] Gazidis? I’d be absolutely stunned and in fact that would be embarrassing if they didn’t know who the next manager is.
“I’d be shocked if they didn’t know who their next manager was.”