Ivan Gazidis has resigned from his position as the Arsenal CEO, the club have confirmed. His departure was an object of speculation throughout the summer, and the saga has finally reached its end as he will now take that same position in Italy at AC Milan.
Gazidis has issued a message to the fans in which he revealed he felt privileged to have been a part of the club for 10 years. He believes he has done his best to prepare Arsenal for a new chapter of its history, leaving them with ‘world-class facilities and outstanding leaders’, and he has expressed huge faith in manager Unai Emery, head of football relations Raul Sanllehi and chief commercial officer Vinai Venkatesham.
Indeed, the club have confirmed that the latter two will now take charge of the club between them, leading the way in, hopefully, a new era of the team lead by Emery.
Gazidis pointed out that the financial stability of the club has been secured and stressed the importance of that moment for any kind of long-term success in modern football. He also expressed satisfaction with the progressive social values the club has adopted, and the establishing of the Arsenal Foundation.
The now former CEO claims this decision has been the hardest one he has ever had to make, but he believes the time has now come for new leadership to take the reins and guide the club into this new chapter. For himself, he is looking forward to the new challenges that working at AC Milan will certainly bring.
He also expressed sincere gratitude to Stan and Josh Kroenke for their support and guidance, to Sir Chips Keswick, Lord Phil Harris, Ken Friar, and also to former manager Arsene Wenger as well as the current one, Unai Emery, along with the rest of the staff.