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Arsenal Sign Gazidis


Relax, it's not a player. The Gunners have finally appointed a new Chief Executive in the form of Ivan Gazidis.

Gazidis is currently deputy commissioner in the MLS and has been in the organisation for 14 years and will begin his duties with the Gunners in January.

Gazidis is extremely chuffed with his new job, "I have been privileged in my 14 years with MLS to have worked with and for some of the best sports executives and owners in the world, whose vision, commitment and expertise have taken the league from strength to strength and provided a solid platform for its future growth. I am delighted to be offered the opportunity to bring that experience to bear at Arsenal - a club rich in heritage and tradition - that is superbly positioned for success in the modern era. I relish the prospect of working with the key stakeholders to further propel the Club forward. It is nearly 16 years since I left the UK but I`m very much looking forward to returning in January."

Peter Hill-Wood was highly complimentary of Gazidis, "Ivan`s credentials are first class. It is evident that he has a wealth of business acumen together with a broad knowledge of football that will not only help to maintain Arsenal`s pre-eminent standing but enhance our reputation within the football community and international commercial markets."

Could this appointment been down to Silent Stan's first real influence on the future of Arsenal Football Club?

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Writer: Rocky7 Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Wednesday November 26 2008

Time: 9:20AM

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I too thought it was a Romanian/Bulgarian/Greek 17 year old who's another wonderkid. He may lighten the load of the board to good effect
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26/11/2008 09:30:00

You can't blame us for thinking that eh! This guy, will he of been "vetted/met/interviewed/whatever" by Wenger or do you think the board appointed someone straight out? Personally I think it has nothing to do with Arsene if the board hire a chief executive, Wenger will answer to this man as he is his superior? Questions, questions! Will he be negotiating contracts and transfers for players ala DD i wonder?
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26/11/2008 09:44:00

I immediately felt this was probably Stan's man, perhaps some of the septics on here can give us a lowdown on the guy?
Little Dutch
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26/11/2008 09:45:00

MLS?? Seriously?!? Ferking hell. Does not bode well.
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26/11/2008 09:48:00

"Septics"? Careful LD, you'll have Sir Harry on the phone to your manager quicker than you can say "****".
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26/11/2008 09:48:00

There is nothing more respectable than a man who accepts his bald head! Great news!
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26/11/2008 09:50:00

Thanks Tom ;)
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26/11/2008 09:52:00

Who the heck is voting for Denilson on the poll? Thats just stupid! DISNEYLAND HERE WE COME!!!
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26/11/2008 10:01:00

Hang on, chill. Has anyone watched the video on ATVO? It's free, go to and have a look. For one thing, he says clearly that (something to that effect) 'This is not an American who knows nothing about the club or the game. This is an Englishman coming back to contribute to a great club.' He's born in Africa and moved to England as a little boy, grew up and qualified as a lawyer in London, at one point even lived near Highbury. MLS players are contracted to the league, not individual clubs. This guy apparently has been in charge of negotiating all those contracts on behalf of the league. He's also responsible for football marketing stuff like representing European clubs' (e.g. Real) interests in the US. Go watch him speak, this guy knows how to say the right things and he presses the right buttons in that vid. PHW said Kroenke did give his input on this role/guy. Tbh I'm positive about this guy as I've always thought we lagged behind in marketing work (not that I'd love those Asian tours and stuff though). Initially this guy seems to know the trade well but also gets the Arsenal values (e.g. he stresses the importance of staying self-sufficient). Let's wait and see.
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26/11/2008 10:49:00

Moorish - I just watched the interview with Gazidis and I must say I was thouroughly impressed. A very well spoken man who assured us that this wasn't some American business man with no knowledge of football, but an Englishman with deep ties to league football and a good understanding of the traditions and heritage of Arsenal Football Club. PHW also confirmed Gazidis will work hand in hand with AW on the transfers. I have a very good feeling about this partnership.
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26/11/2008 10:50:00

I think this guy is a great choice, and Tom's comment about accepting baldness is the best thing he has ever said. Tom you have peaked, you will never top that wise comment.
Professor Calculus
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26/11/2008 11:46:00

Yeah, that baldness comment was top stuff Prof!
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26/11/2008 11:59:00

I'm already planning a statement to the press to confirm that my time at Vital Arsenal is nearing its end. Its only downhill from here on in. Better phone Freddie for some advise.
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26/11/2008 12:07:00

Tom - if you get the good stuff from Freddie, you'll be able to prolong your posting career by four more years by standing around and pointing.
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26/11/2008 16:12:00

(going misty eyed here) No one pointed at team mates like our Freddy did eh? Ah those were the days.............
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26/11/2008 17:08:00

Nah Tomf you need some advice from Bobby (going misty eyed too).
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26/11/2008 19:18:00

This is great news. It was interesting to read that: 'He oversees all aspects of MLS competition, including negotiation of the transfer and employment contracts of all the players in the MLS'. At last we might actually be able to finalise some top transfer deals.
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26/11/2008 22:53:00

Actually Lou, PHW confirmed that Kroenke had nothing to do with this appointment. He also said that Wenger has met Gazidis as its important that the 2 of them get along and there were no problems on that front. There was no indication that Wenger had any say as such in the appointment. PHW also said that its better that they waited and get the right man, rather than making an appointment in haste, in justification for the amount of time taken to make this appointment.
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26/11/2008 23:52:00

Sorry Prits, typo there! :P And yeah he initially seems to be worth the wait, with the right credentials and that he seems to say the right things. What I thought we as a club could improve was the PR stuff, marketing the club to the overseas markets (without compromising AW's sporting principles) and transfer negotiations since the DD vacancy came up. This guy could well give us great know-how on those fronts. What we need him to catch up on is to get involved in the football politics in Europe to maintain the club's standing since DD left.
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