Gazidis: Kroenke will speak, Wenger not broken


Arsenal CEO Ivan Gazidis says that new owner Stan Kroenke will speak publicly about his plans for the club in the near future.

At a Sports Industry Group breakfast, Gazidis addressed the fact that the American had made little or no effort to communicate with fans since he tookover the club earlier this year.

“The ‘Silent Stan’ moniker is over-used”, he said. “He’s not silent, he’s very involved. He will speak when the time is right.

“Stan said he’ll speak to the fans when he’s next in UK and he will. He is not media adverse but not here for ego gratification”.

And at the same meeting Gazidis defended under-fire boss Arsene Wenger. As pressure grows on the Frenchman due to Arsenal’s increasingly poor form, Gazidis hit out at critics, saying, “He’s not broken. To see him portrayed as some kind of idiot is damaging to the game. We need to think about that He’s frustrated.

“He’s as focused on delivering success as ever. He didn’t suddenly become bad manager, that’s nonsense”.

Gazidis also said that the economics of football were driving Arsenal’s financial policy suggesting that the sugar daddy approach is unsustainable.

“Football can’t go on acting like it’s in an bubble so I hope there’ll be an adjustment to take account of wider economic issues. Financial Fair Play is here. If you go out and spend enormous sums on players, you must ask how you are going to get compliance”.

Info via Twitter accounts of Dan Roan (BBC) and James Olley (London Standard)

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