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Gazidis Thanks The Supporters

Gazidis Thanks The Supporters

As something of a precursor to tonight`s Q & A with the Arsenal Supporters` Trust, Ivan Gazidis has been speaking to arsenal.com about Arsenal`s ambitions for the summer and beyond. Tonight Gazidis will face around 300 Arsenal supporters from AISA, RedAction and the AST. This year, the size of the audience has been somewhat trimmed compared to last year`s meeting and questions have been presubmitted on this occasion.

There`s plenty of cynicism around pre submittance, but the advantages it brings are that it allows Gazidis time to prepare full and frank answers. The event will be compered too, which thankfully avoids the usual unnecessary pre waffle one sometimes gets from those taking the microphone. You know the sort I mean, "I`ve been a supporter for x amount of years, I do this, that and the other and for good measure, I`m going to throw my offbeat opinion in here and assert it as fact before getting round to actually asking my question, which is all anyone is really interested in anyway." The club assure there will be questions taken from the floor too, though given the number of questions they say they`ll field in the 90 minute timeslot, I`m dubious as to how much time there will be.

I`m reliably informed that the club haven`t ducked any issues though and questions on the future of van Persie, the implications of FFP, the club`s summer transfer strategy and whether lessons have been learned and also on the rights issue offered by Red & White holdings will all be fielded. I guess we`ll wait and see what answers we get, but it`s worth pointing out not every club`s CEO takes these kind of questions. The issue as to what`s happened to the Q & A Arsene Wenger used to hold with shareholders is perhaps a thornier issue as it appears to have quietly dropped off the radar. In any case, I will be one of the 300 in attendance and a neutral, dispassionate account of the evening penned by me will appear on the AST website tomorrow morning. My own opinions on Gazidis` answers and performance will probably be saved for this forum!

In any case, Gazidis somewhat pre empted the event by speaking to the official website on a variety of subjects. As is his wont he made the right noises with regards to the club`s ambition this summer. My message to our fans is that we are doing everything in our power to make sure that Arsenal can challenge for trophies next year. That is what this summer is about and that is what we are focused on.

"We have a good team, we have a good young core of players and we need everybody involved to have belief so that we can push forward into next year and make a run at the Premier League trophy and for the Champions League. We believe we can do that."

The CEO also paid tribute to the support the club has enjoyed, "I would like to thank the supporters. This at times has been a really challenging season," he said.

"The Club was placed under terrific pressure at times and I think, for a different club, there would have been the possibility that we would begin to fall apart, panic and make decisions that would have been bad. That is not what happened.

"When we had our most difficult times this Club came together. The supporters, the team, the front-office staff and the back-office staff - they all came together. It was that strength and that unity that managed to put our season back on track."
I know opinions on the silver tongued Chief Executive are varied, for what it`s worth I think he has a harder job than most people realise. Essentially his is a delicate balancing act between an absentee owner, a manager that wants to be an autocrat and a very tetchy fanbase. It`s hard to see how he can do his job without upsetting at least two of those factions as things stand. Tonight he answers to the most vocal leg of this tripod. LD.

NB: I won't be live tweeting the meeting myself, but for live updates I'd recommend following one or all of the following:

@DarrenArsenal1
@10akhil
@GeezyPeas
@LeGrove



Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

Writer:Tim Stillman
Date:Wednesday June 6 2012
Time: 10:54AM

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Comments

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He does have a tough job but he's very well renumerated for it. Looking forward to nothing really coming from this tonight to be honest, will be interested though, actions ulitmately speak louder than words, I'm not sure on the timings of the meeting, but it would be nice for the club to be held accountable for some of the stuff they've promised over the last few years. "you cannot be a big club and sell your best players" for example.
shewore
06/06/2012 11:09:00
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I guess we'll have to judge Gazidis on his actions and results by the start of the season. You have to think he simply cannot afford to have a Summer where we don't make further quality additions to the squad without him losing credibility. Let's hope the guaranteed CL spot means they will be more decisive and achieve their objectives, but not holding my breath.
Gooner_Vin
06/06/2012 11:11:00
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I guess we'll have to judge Gazidis on his actions and results by the start of the season. You have to think he simply cannot afford to have a Summer where we don't make further quality additions to the squad without him losing credibility. Let's hope the guaranteed CL spot means they will be more decisive and achieve their objectives, but not holding my breath.
Gooner_Vin
06/06/2012 11:11:00
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Not sure I expect an awful lot from it either. Some studied, almost political answers. Might get the occasional interesting titbit such as "Arsene is ultimately accountable to the fans." Bet he got a right bollocking for that last year!
Little Dutch
06/06/2012 11:12:00
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He did seem to hint very broadly that the automatic qualification made a difference to how they could address the summer. (By extension, also a tacit admission that being in a qualifier was an obstruction to our business). I'd be very surprised now if we get any business done whilst the Euros are going on. I think I'm under no illusions that nothing groundbreaking will be said tonight. But at the very least we get to ask the questions. When I look at the likes of the Venky's who leave the phone off the hook whilst the club is asset stripped and left to rot in their absence, I guess I'm thankful for small mercies given the way the game has gone.
Little Dutch
06/06/2012 11:22:00
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One can expect completely frank opinions from a former gunner turned pundit about the club or a former manager of the club but a serving Chief Executive is always going to have his limitations in answering some of the fans queries. In that sense what is important is that Gazidis understands the general mood of the fans well which in turn drives the club to better manage this season's transfer business and sign lucrative commercial deals going forward.
Deltaforce
06/06/2012 11:23:00
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"We have a good team, we have a good young core of players and we need everybody involved to have belief so that we can push forward into next year and make a run at the Premier League trophy and for the Champions League. We believe we can do that." Actions speak louder than words Ivan, make sure you back these (oft repeated words) with assertive direction and plenty of cash for the manager to spend.
Scotch Eggs Rule
06/06/2012 11:23:00
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This will be a complete waste of everyones time that attends. He could have just as well answered all the questions received in front of the camera. I'm liking this guy less and less every year. If we don't see better management from Arsenal this summer then the fans will have to take a stand.
Trennon
06/06/2012 12:50:00
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This "silent pact" on RVP's future doesn't bode well......If there was anything positive to talk about, Arsenal would want to be telling everyone about it. Am I looking at it through tinted glass? What do you chaps think about it?
Scotch Eggs Rule
06/06/2012 14:39:00
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SER - Here is my take. RVP will leave if we dont sign the players that will make im stay. Arsenal have requested he give them the time to recruit, and if nothing, then he can leave. They don't want him to talk so our transfer Plans will not be messed up. For me i will look to see what ManCity and Juvetus does in the Transfer market. If any of them sign a striker, they are out otherwise he will leave for the team.
Arseniger
06/06/2012 16:14:00
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