The Arsenal Chief Executive Ivan Gazidis is often derided for being a Manchester City fan and not working towards success at Arsenal. He has actually been at Arsenal nearly ten years now, but always looked ineffectual in the shadow of Arsene Wenger until recently, when he created the ‘catalyst for change’ which has seen the Gunners completely revamp the management and coaching systems at the club.
Now he wants us to know that he is doing his utmost to make Arsenal great again. “Football is very fast moving, it’s a very competitive landscape and it’s a very different world to the one that existed twenty years ago.” Gazidis explained. “It’s global now. Finding talent, coaching talent, developing talent, it has all changed beyond all recognition.
“What that means is the old models of one individual are no longer sufficient. So if I think about myself, my job here, my objective is to deliver pride to the club and my belief is that the way I do that is by bringing in world class people and giving them the support they need to do their jobs. All of us together, it’s not a single entity.
“The thing I am accused of a lot is not feeling this club, not caring in the way that you, the fans, do. That’s not the case, I live this football club.
“I will stand toe to toe with anybody and talk about my love for this football club and what it means to me and how much I put into it. If that’s not enough, then look, one day I will be gone, all of this is temporary.
“But I care about it, I give everything I have every single day and I demand that of the people that work with this football club. Anybody that is at this club is in a privileged position and anybody that doesn’t feel that does not deserve to be part of this football club.
“I can’t guarantee we will win everything, but what I can guarantee you, if we embark on this journey together and stick together, we can achieve great things.”
Well he talks a good talk, but can he walk the walk? I would say he is definitely trying hard to get things back on track as we have seen by the top level team he has brought in. Now we all just need to pull together and there is only one way for us to go. Onwards and Upwards!!!