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Gazidis: Arsene Is In Our DNA

Gazidis: Arsene Is In Our DNA

Arsenal CEO Ivan Gazidis has lauded the work of Arsene Wenger and broadly hinted that the manager will be offered a new contract to take him beyond his current deal, which expires in 2014. In an interview with the Telegraph, Gazidis was effusive in his appraisal of Wenger and of the future for Arsenal.

"It`s not a sense of sentimentalism, not a reward for services, it`s a belief that we have an incredible manager who loves this club and is the best man to lead us forward," Gazidis said.

"We`re really confident about the direction that the club is heading. I feel he can keep going for a long time. He`s in fantastic shape and he`s as driven as he`s ever been and excited as ever.

"He played in some staff games recently. When you put him out on the football field, he is still fit, quick and a good footballer. It`s fantastic to see his endless enthusiasm. I really have learnt from Arsène and the players learn from him as well."

When pressed on an eventual successor, Gazidis was expansive, "As a club, we have to make sure that all of the things that Arsène has brought to the club are enshrined in our DNA to make sure that, when Arsène decides it`s time, we are in a position to take his ideas and work forward.

"The values that Arsène has brought to the club together with the values that the club had before Arsène are what will inform us and give us the framework as to who might take over from him in the longer term. He is written into our DNA."

The Gunners Chief Executive also hit back at critics of Arsenal who suggest they are happy to tread water in the top 4 money pool, 'We get accused of a lack of ambition or complacency because apparently the board are only interested in the top four. That is absolute rubbish. To me this is the most ambitious football club I know."

As is pretty much on par with the club line these days, Ivan was also quick to point out the positive effects of Financial Fair Play and the upcoming renewal of sponsorship deals which, he thinks, will propel the club further, 'In terms of the financial impact, it will be as significant a step forward as the stadium was in 2005," Gazidis said. "It does kick us into the top five clubs in the world with separation from the rest. The overall journey that the club embarked on was to make it one of the leading clubs in the world and to do it in a way that would be sustainable.'

"I think there is a perception that Michel Platini devised an evil plan in his bath to go after English football," Gazidis said.

"That`s just simply not the case. They are not rules coming down on high, they are actually rules the clubs themselves developed in conjunction with Uefa. We are seeing very serious discussions within the Premier League about introducing these regulations. It`s going to happen and it is happening faster than people realise."

All well and good, but the additional income is only good to us if we use it effectively. This October, Arsenal are going to announce their half yearly profits and a cash reserve of roughly £70m is going to show in the accounts.

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

Writer:Tim Stillman
Date:Thursday September 13 2012
Time: 8:11AM


One quote from Gazidis which was striking was “When you look at what Arsene has done, within the overall constraints, he has outperformed our spending every single year he has been manager. It is extraordinary.” Gazidis is confirming that the standard club line about "money being available to the manager" atleast between 2006-2009 was not really true. Wenger was pragmatic in his spending on established (but not at the time top) players when he arrived and he only changed tack when he dismantled the invincibles with the new stadium move in mind. With greater resources available to the manager from 2014, I would love to see Wenger use some of that money because it is stastically a fact that no manager is as efficient with his transfer spend as him. Despite some mistakes he has made along the way, I strongly support a new contract for AW.
13/09/2012 09:46:00
Delta - the only thing is, as Arseblogger points out today, if we haven't won a trophy by 2014, that will be 10 years for Wenger without one and which other top club would that be accepted by? I understand the context, but if Wenger does outperform others when it comes to spend vs PL position, why not speculate to accumulate and spend some more money (that we have) so that we can nudge up from 3rd to 1st.
13/09/2012 10:04:00
Thing is, I think the money has been and is available to AW. It's not gone anywhere, it all still shows in the accounts. I think it's pretty clear he's just chosen not to spend it. We've had constraints, we now only have constraints relatively speaking compared to infinitely resourced clubs. But we don't use what we have, so I'm not sure I'm convinced we're suddenly going to start when the coffers get even bigger. They're already pretty damn big.
Little Dutch
13/09/2012 10:22:00
LD - i think that's right. Wenger will only spend on super quality (at the right price) and whether we have 20m or 100m in the bank won't change his opinion on whether it's available or worth pursuing. Perhaps it will help with rewarding our best players when it comes to renegotiating, but even then you can't see us competing with the wages of Man City (and nor should we). So the only thing our strategy really hinges on is FFP and the extent to which that's implemented. You know, I wonder how much we paid for Cazorla though. I have a feeling it was more than what's been mentioned in the press, coz it would be in Arsenal's interest for that to be perceived as not too high.
13/09/2012 11:34:00
The money is there, that's a cast iron fact, you only need to look at the accounts that are published on the website. He just wants to balance the books every year so we don't get into debt, when he feels we can still get champions league football every year - although win nothing.
13/09/2012 11:46:00
"He just wants to balance the books every year... - although win nothing." - do you genuinely believe that?
13/09/2012 15:42:00
I think he'd definitely take top 4 for the next 5 years without a trophy, yes.
13/09/2012 16:03:00
I also see Wenger as a man who has his views about just how much to pay for footballers, including wages and just chooses to stick to his beliefs, irrespective of what the others do. It is incredible at times that a man can willfully take the flak for the club's failings when he is certain to receive a favorable response from the board, should he make a demand for more money for a top player. Make of it what you like but I feel that takes some doing.
13/09/2012 16:04:00
What has Wenger done to deserve a new contract? Why are people scared of change? This makes little sense to me.
13/09/2012 16:41:00
I respect Arsene. But he has not proven to do anythign different or do anything to suggest that he can get us back to glory. Without that offereing him yet another new deal is pure madness.
13/09/2012 16:45:00
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