Ivan Gazidis has finally walked through the back door of the Emirates for what will likely be the last time, joining AC Milan in the process as their new chief executive. While the saga didn’t actually go on for that long in the public eye, it certainly turned a lot of heads throughout the course of the last few weeks. Some people feel as if this is a really big moment for the Gunners and the history books, but others, correctly, realise that Ivan Gazidis didn’t actually do that much or accomplish all too much throughout the course of his time with the club.
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.
The rumours surrounding Ivan Gazidis continue to plague the headlines for Arsenal fans, as their chief executive appears to be on the verge of packing up and leaving for AC Milan over in Italy. We’ve spoken about how we should just try and ignore the whole thing, but that’s easier said than done for people who are close to the situation. Of course, one man above all others who will find it incredibly difficult to ignore what’s going on is manager Unai Emery, because he’s right in the thick of it.
We’re all used to star players being linked with other clubs because that’s just part of the game. Sometimes these issues are resolved pretty quickly and sometimes they drag out for months, but one way or another, it’s something most of us have prepared ourselves for. Now, with that being said, you don’t expect the same kind of treatment to come when it’s involving your chief executive.
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.
According to multiple reports, Arsenal CEO Ivan Gazidis is set to leave the club and join AC Milan as their executive director in September. Sky in Italy claim things have already started rolling in that direction.
Gazidis has been with Arsenal since 2008, and along with Sven Mislintat and Raul Sanllehi, he was seen as one of the main driving forces in the club’s transition from the Arsene Wenger era to a fresh future with Unai Emery. Now, however, it seems his involvement with the club is about to come to an end, and manager Unai Emery hopes it doesn’t turn out that way.
According to the Telegraph, Stan Kroenke has decided to make extra £20million available for transfers this summer.
It had been initially announced that the club’s transfer kitty would amount to £50million plus any income generated by player sales, but now that sum has gone up to £70million. A small increase, but a welcome one, nevertheless.
Money aside, the first signing of the Unai Emery era might come as a free transfer. The contract of Juventus full-back Stephan Lichtsteiner is about to expire and at Arsenal they believe the presence of the Switzerland captain would bring some much needed leadership qualities to the back line, as Laurent Koscielny remains unavailable at least until November. The team captain suffered knee ligament damage in the second leg of the Europa League semi-final against Atletico Madrid.
Arsenal CEO Ivan Gazidis is set to recommend Mikel Arteta for the manager spot to Stan Kroenke once Arsene Weger leaves at the end of the season, according to a Sky Sports report.
The former Arsenal captain has a growing reputation of bringing something new to the table and has some coaching experience, having worked with Pep Guardiola at Manchester City. According to Gazidis, Arsenal need a bold choice and Arteta is a man that possesses the quality to bring success to the Emirates.
The talks surrounding the future of Arsene Wenger at the Emirates have been ongoing for longer than most fans would’ve realised, but as reported by Sky Sports, things could finally be taking a step in the right direction for those who want a change at the top of Arsenal Football Club.
In the wake of the club’s humiliating 2-1 defeat at the hands of Brighton & Hove Albion, which was the Gunners’ fourth straight loss in all competitions, members of the Arsenal Supporters Trust held their annual meeting in London as they discussed what is quickly becoming a disastrous campaign.
According to Arsenal chief executive Ivan Gazidis, keeping Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez this summer is a statement of ambition from the north London club. The pair both have less than 12 months left on their contracts in north London.
In truth, though, Arsenal would have sold Sanchez to Manchester City if they could have signed French winger Thomas Lemar on deadline day.
Gazidis is quoted by the Express as saying: “It was a clear statement of our ambitions and should help refute suggestions we are just about the money. That is simply nonsense.”