As exclusively reported by The Telegraph, Arsenal have been informed of AC Milan’s intention to hire current Gunners’ CEO Ivan Gazidis. The club have therefore started preparing for his departure and they are confident of their ability to make the transition seamless.
The final decision hasn’t been made yet. However, Gazidis has himself informed the club of the offer presented to him by the Rossoneri, and his departure has become a very realistic prospect. Meanwhile, Emery recently said he hopes the club’s chief executive would remain a part of Arsenal.
The report speaks of a presence of a sense inside Arsenal that Gazidis may feel the time is now right for a new challenge, after overseeing huge structural changes in the club most notable to the public in the departure of long-serving manager Arsene Wenger. However, at this moment the project seems to be far from over. There’s still a lot to do. Unai Emery, who has replaced Wenger in the dugout, has so far been doing a good job, at least on paper. He made very good use of every penny of the extremely limited transfer budget, and even though he said goodbye to Jack Wilshere and may see a few more players follow him out the door, he brought in a number of quality editions and the team he has put together has been looking very good.
But the season hasn’t started yet and we’re yet to see what things will look like when the games start being competitive. It’s fair to say that Arsenal’s Premier League rivals haven’t been idle either and regaining a Champions League spot at the end of the campaign will not be easy. Further changes at the club may be needed, perhaps even further signings at some point, and a presence of a strong CEO, who has a proper feel for the ongoing project, may yet be of vital importance.
Gazidis has been the main figure behind the appointment of Emery, Raul Sanllehi and Sven Mislitat, and several others as well.