Gazidis: Liverpool result put a negative spin on our transfer window

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Ivan Gazidis

Ivan Gazidis told Arsenal staff that the transfer window in which Arsenal added just two players, failed to strengthen key areas of the squad, and turned a profit of around Β£30m was a success.

He also said that had we won at Liverpool, people’s view of the club’s business during the summer would have been very different.

“Everything is coloured by results,” he said in an email sent to staff, and subsequently leaked to the press. “A positive performance at Liverpool would have coloured this transfer window very differently.

“The manager and players know that the performance at Anfield was not good enough and they will be focused to put that right after the international break.

“We have had a poor start to the season but have the quality to turn it around and turn around performances and compete for the title. It is time to get back to what it is all about, the football.”

Gazidis also spoke about the situations of star players Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil, saying the fact that both remained at the club was, ” …a clear statement of our ambitions and should help refute suggestions we are just about the money. That is simply nonsense.

“At the end of the window, reviewing all activity, we have once again improved the quality and depth of our squad.”

Of course this ignores the fact we tried to sell Sanchez to Man City on deadline day to fund a bid for Thomas Lemar.

And while the it might have been meant as an inspirational internal message, it shows how far removed from the reality of things he is, and how different his view of the window and that Liverpool game is from fans and almost everyone else who watched what went on at Arsenal this summer.

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Heihaci

Yeah nothing to do with the shambles last season and not qualifying for CL. What happened to catalyst for change?

Pooner

They trousered the Β£30m of change…

GreekGooner

Arse na na na land…

Gooooooooonnnnaaaaaaaaa
Gooooooooonnnnaaaaaaaaa

I wanna put my head through the wall every time I hear this C*** speak!

George

Do it then. Make it a brick one.

GoonerGeoffers

wow so cool

Chamack

You’re a muppet of a troll.

gooner

And nothing to do with a starting 11 with no functioning
midfield and no striker, fullbacks all over the place and pstarting players who want out.

But that’s football. On the other hand I understand you Ivan. You and Stan had a good tran$f€r window and the Liverpool result spoiled it for you.

David

Fan of fifty years and season tick holder. Before Blogs pooed in his nappies.

Basically we are talking about the same team that beat City and Chelsea to the FA Cup and don’t tell me they didn’t want it, just as much.

This site has become a protest site as far from reality as you accuse the club of being.

Wenger can win cups consistently, but he won’t win the league because that is a long term consistent performance that needs the fans get behind the team on a day-in day-out basis. Arsenal Football Club supporters can no longer do that, social media including this site ensures that, without the fury there are no clicks, so we are sealing our own doom. Well done guys.

Go on click whores, thumb me down for your showing you reality.

I will still be supporting Arsenal and its managers and players, when you’ve gone.

DB10\'s Air Miles

@David
At last, a voice of reason.
Well done for having the balls to see tell it as it is. Things do need to change at board level, but Wenger is not a shit manager by any stretch of the imagination.

One of Bellerin\'s Cornrows
One of Bellerin\'s Cornrows

Mate, with all due respect, we have to be real. Chelsea were on the beach during the FA Cup final, I can definitively say, they didn’t want it as much as us. Besides, one or two wins in a cup doesn’t make us able to beat the big teams consistently, which is what we need to do to win the PL. That’s my benchmark. If you’re fine with battling it out for 4th every year, then enjoy that and power to you I respect your view, but for me and many others it won’t do.

Rednow42

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Cechmate

A bad joke from a serious joker! In a window, where Champions spent over €200M and fifth placed side spent almost the same, we made a profit – all because Wenger wanted to keep Ozil & Alexis! Speaks volumes about the kind of ambition we have.

Santi\'s Smile

Never thought of the transfer profit as a way of justifying keeping Γ–zil and Alexis. Certainly sounds like a Silent Stan plan: driven more by a financial plan than a sporting one.

GoonerN16

Well spotted Sam… shame on Gazidis and the yank… the club is an utter mess. It,s tragic

GoonerN16

Sorry @ Sam, I meant Santi/’s Smile..

Alexisshorts

Sounds like an edict from North Korea. And don’t dare contradict

Martin

Problem is, there is literary nothing suggesting that this season would be any different from the last 4-5 seasons, Ivan.

bsinGoon

Different! Believe me it will be. We will be competing with the likes of Everton, Saints, West Brom and Stoke this season. That will be different.

Thaigoon

At least thats a competition we can win

Xhaka Demus, no pliers
Xhaka Demus, no pliers

Is it? Stoke already beat us and the way we’ve played so far this season I can’t see us keeping many clean sheets. So the teams that mass defend against us will catch us on the break as per usual and we’ll struggle to break them down. I don’t think we can be confident against many teams anymore

Rich

How come you criticised me for making similar comments?
In fact you called me poisonous… when I’ve Always commmented respectfully, I just disagree with the direction of the club and believe we lack ambition.
Which we do.
I think replacing AW will be harder than people think because of the guy at the top pulling the strings.
Have no idea why you’ve previously felt the need to attack me and my opinion?
But now your singing from the same sheet?

Lord Bendnter

It’s because you’re rich

Vance

This is so savage!

Red-Wing

Oh for the love of God please just shut up.

Ponsonby Gooner

Ivan, can you play left back?

Faisal Narrage

Doesn’t it matter if he can? We’ll play him anyways.

Bai Blagoi

Nono, if he can play left back, we’ll play him right.

Murphster

“Ivan, can you play Left Back?”
“Why certainly, I am one of the best Left Backs in Europe!”

” Excellent, grab your gloves you are in goal”

Andy

Yes cos he’s right footed

Ray Parlour\'s icecream van
Ray Parlour\'s icecream van

What the hell is this guy on? It’s fairly obvious to everyone except Wenger, the board and the owner – the transfer window has been pretty poor. We have a number of players who do not want to be at the club still here, including our star forward, we have players who are not up to to the job (eg Debauchy) and Midfield needed a player who could do the ugly things and stay fit.

We have a manager who does not seem to know what his best formation is, best starting eleven or where to play them.

I think this will be a long season – top half of the table will be a good result.

Andrew

Oh boy,,,,can you fucking believe it?

That’s just fucking hilarious!
What a complete dipstick!

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Ozil\'s Eyes on Wenger\'s Hot Thighs
Ozil\'s Eyes on Wenger\'s Hot Thighs

My dipstick’s offended.

Double98

Ok Ivan – you are so bloody detached from reality.. you have set me off…

Arsenal Fans:
We are through the looking glass. We have fallen down the rabbit hole and ended up in some dystopian future fantasy that not even Orwell or Lewis Carroll could have imagined. I remember when we are a laughing stock. I remember when all you could do was laugh. The time for rye laughing is gone. The situation at Arsenal has gone from FUBAR to GUBU.

GUBU was a term coined by an Irish political commentator called Conor Cruise-O’Brien. He crafted it out of a phrase used by Irish Taoiseach (Prime Minister) Charles Haughey who used this sentence to describe a strange series of events that lead to a double murderer being apprehended in the house of the Irish Attorney General.

It was a bizarre happening, an unprecedented situation, a grotesque situation, an almost unbelievable mischance.

GUBU is refers to the adjectives in the above sentence – Grotesque, Unbelieveable, Bizzarre and Unprecendented. It is regularly used to described any political scandal in ireland.
Things deteriorate as such 1 a series of unfortunate events, 2 crisis 3 circus 4 GUBU.
Normally outside the convoluted, parish pump Irish political circles, some bodies self preservation stops the deterioration at some point between 2 and 3.

Things have gone full GUBU at the emirates. Its a Scandal. An absolute outrage.

Grotesque – Adj. comically or repulsively ugly or distorted
After finishing last season in our worst position for 20 odd years, we used the summer transfer window to make a transfer profit. Its comical. It’s something that even the most cynical among us would not have foreseen. The cynical Arsenal fan may have thought we’d spend at least 10 – 20 million net this year. Because that is somewhat in the interests of our club. Teams up and down the country are richer than they ever have been. Its not a bubble, they are not rich on credit. They have hard cash in the banks from TV deals. Arsenal have money in their bank, more than all the others. They have the biggest match day revenue in the league and have banked 20 years of champions league money.
The club waited all summer to leave its most grotesque, ugly, comical distortion to the transfer deadline day. They sell Alexis in the morning and fail to secure his replacement in the evening, so they cancel the deal. Apparently the ran out of time having triggered monacos asking price for Lemar. But they could have done that 8 weeks ago. They could have done it two days ago.
We now have a toxic squad that has a very unhappy totemic player in Alexis Sanchez. He’s not worth anything to the squad unless his head and heart are in the right place and we have made sure that they are not.
Thats the transfer side. The playing side of this club is grotesque. The team have no spine, the players are cowards. The Manager is seemingly clueless as he beats the same dead horses week in week out.
The Pundits are all shocked at how bad we are. They fans of opposition clubs are not laughing at us anymore. They feel sorry for us.

Unbelievable – Adj.not able to be believed; unlikely to be true.
Can you have predicted how you would feel about this club right now? The CEO calls the manager who has been in situ for 20 years a catalyst for change. Its like calling the queen a republican. Wenger was a catalyst for change in 1997/98. The CEO wanted him gone just before he called him a catalyst for change and then stood by while he was overruled by the owner. He feared for his job. But he could have walked away and showed integrity and care for the club. He would have got another Job. Now when #WengerIn threatens Stan Kroenkes bottom line, Ivan Gazidaz will be sacked for letting it happen because owners don’t take responsibility. The Manager should have gone out on a high last May. Its incredible to see that his hail mary win of an FA cup was something that he could build on? Wenger knew the condition of the club, he knew how many players contract where end of life, he knew he had too many players. He knew deep down that they had stopped playing for him.

Bizzare Adj. very strange or unusual.
The entire situation is strange. Cui Bono? To whose benefit is this all for? Why Is Stan Kroenke owning a club that he seemingly has no ambition for. His inaction this summer must have financial ramifications for him. If he is speculating on a breakaway super league, what on earth makes him think that Real Madrid, Barcelona, etc want to be in our club. What makes him think that Beijing or Kuala Lumpur want to bid for more Arsenal. At some point this grotesque comedy has to distance the fans in the far east as much as it is the fans in North London. Who would pay him the money he would want for the shares in a club that is entirely on a downward spiral?
Ivan Gazidas is a professional CEO – he’s a suit. He is a brand – he has built his reputation as a safe pair of hands, a commercial wiz – Who would let him run a sweet shop after this? He has taken the 8th biggest club in the world and mishandled them to the point where they are less relevant and less attractive than they were in 1986.
Arsene Wenger, seemingly has no interest in legacy or reputation but professes a love for the club. Can he not see that the modern game is full of negative tacticians that can boil his game down to expose his weaknesses time and time and time and time again. How many times must he see his team passively dominating possession while passing side to side impotently, only to allow some long pass out of defence unleash a fleet footed attacker against our slow centre backs. How can he think that Theo Walcott is a plan b. Theo can do two things well, he’s fast and he’s a good finisher. He is able to attack space. He is clearly not a guy to come on and chase a game, yet a seemingly intelligent man like Wenger gives him literally 100’s of appearances off the bench to chase games, only to see him limply touch the ball twice in the 25 minutes or so that he has. Wenger persists strangely with Theo, and strangely resists players who do look effective. Lucas Perez comes on and does a good job and then gets benched, Joel Campbell the same. Mertesacker gets benched for no apparent reason. Ospina gets benched and while hes not the most popular, his stats are the best of any goal keeper to have played under wenger. Against Liverpool, He strangely plays Ox in right back and moves Bellerin to left back and drops the left back and plays another left back at centre back while dropping a centreback to do it. Then he drops the record signing and plays the guy who wants to leave. Its all very strange. He comes across as cogent and in charge of his faculties but then he picks a team that looks like it started in his mind as a 4-4-2 and he was forced by some invisible force to make in to a 352. Has he picked 4-4-2 players because he knows that he will change to that formation mid game? In which case WTF?
Its Bizzare.

Unprecedented – Adj. never done or known before.
No club has ever seemingly gone to war with its supporters. Maybe the Italian Clubs pick a fight with their ultra fans, usually to make the stadiums safer or wrest power over club affairs back to the club.
Arsenal in its entirety – the owner, the ceo, the manager, the assistant manager, the media guys, dick law, the players have for some reason chosen to assault the fans. They make decision after decisions that are seemingly against their self interest. They act like gamblers or alcoholics, choosing one more hand or one more drink but without even a vain hope of a win or any high. Stan Kroenke can’t be hoping that his inaction and silence will lead to his imploding club from making a profit. Ivan Gazidas can’t imagine that his meek, non-chief, non-executive, non-officerness will do him any favours when his ass eventually gets kicked to the kerb. Wenger can’t imagine he will win the league playing players who don’t want to play for him in positions that they dont want to play. Steve Bould can’t imagine that he will get another opportunity at a big club after sitting on the bench impersonating a meek pat rice for 5 years, The marketing guys who put out inciteful missives at the worst time, demonstrating the absolute breakdown of understanding between the fan and the club can’t be looking to put this job on their cvs..
The players who can’t be arsed chasing back, or manning up, or doing their job – they can’t see that they are all on the path of Debuchy where mediocre teams wont even borrow them.
Its all unprecedented – no team has ever done this relentless, systemic alienation of its fans. Other clubs imploded for financial reasons, Leeds, Portsmouth etc… But we are richer than God. Arsenal has huge cash reserves, the biggest stadium in the biggest city in the biggest footballing nation on earth.
And we put systems in place to put out absolute drivel on the pitch. We limp to 4th most seasons, every single game is torture – when was the last time that we were comfortable in a match with 20 minutes to go… even in the FA cup last year we were hanging on against non league opposition for a while.
Its all so, so unnecessary, I mean. who in the world would have picked that team against liverpool. Who would have dropped Lacazzette? Who would have played Xhaka and Ramsey against a counter attacking side? Who would have played ox in bellerins position and left kolasenic and Mertesaker on the bench? Not a single arsenal fan.
We have players of great quality. Player for player we are capable of matching any team in the world. But something is not harnessing that. Mesut Ozil is an incredible player, he sees the game like no one else. Giroud is the best number 9 we have ever had. All through the team we have really good, Excepional players but this squad is not sifting into a satisfactory team.
Arsene wenger picks it and He’s there every day with the players. He knows that Ox wants to leave and cant be arsed, he knows that ramsay thinks defence is a structure that borders his property from the neighbours. He knows all that we know and more and still he puts out that rubbish team on the pitch. He knows that we needed to get rid of players early. Pay them off. I mean its not great commercially but having all this toxic people hanging around is doing the footballing side of the business irreparable damage.
He knows the fans don’t want him. I was his biggest fan and now I wont even watch his post match interviews.

Its time for Arsenal fans to make a stand and stop going to the stadium. Cancel your season tickets, come off the waiting list, Stop buying the merch. Cancel your sky subscriptions. Peel the Fly Emirates logos off your shirts and wear them to your local non league side until Kroenke leaves.If he doesn’t then just love your new team.
This Arsenal is not our Arsenal. Its some walking dead, alzheimers Arsenal that has no time for us. It hates us and wants us to feed it money while giving nothing in return.

I can’t get behind a manager who wont address the elephants in the room that he put there. The elephants he feeds, the elephants he won’t admit. I can’t get behind a brand that embraces medicrity and failure with such fervour. I can’t get behind a team that is collectively and individually unable and unwilling to battle. I can’t get behind a club that is abusing its fans.

In2019 we will be in the top flight for an unbroken century.
Will we?
Who cant beat us fairly easily in this league?Who in our ownership, governance, management gives a damn?
Its GUBU and surely we want our Arsenal back.
#KronkeOut #GazidasOut #WengerOut #BouldOut
#PlayTheKids #ArsenalSocialMediaOut

Sorry about the lengthy ramble… but catharsis and all that.

Cechmate

Can someone compile an executive summary of the above?! it’s just too long to read through fully.

Double98

Lol, read the last three paragraphs.. “It’s time… ” on

Paul

He’s pissed off big time. Boycott everything. You’re welcome.

Arun

Good God man !!!!! This is an essay ffs

Gunner Sore Arse

I was interested until I got to GUNU then I lost interest. However I went for a dump so I reread as I had more time to digest.
Why would I stop going to see Arsenal or give up my season ticket. I’ve been an Arsenal fan for over 40 years, through thick and thin. I’m not going to turn my back on my club just ‘cos it’s shit at the moment, that’s not what being a fan is about.
Not sure why I would want to cancel my Sky subscription either other than it’s too expensive.
Oh and Giroud the best No 9 ever? Seriously? How long have you been watching Arsenal for? Have you forgotten Jeffers? I assumed you were joking hence the Jeffers reference…. you were joking right?

Double98

Well I’ve been watching Arsenal for 38 years. My point is that this doesnt seem to be Arsenal anymore. The ownership and management have hijacked the club and are not on a path of reconciliation. They are driving the wedge further in.
I’m not ordering you to do anything, but it’s clear, to me, that our desires and hopes for the club are not directly compatible with the owners. The only way to get rid of him is to cost him money.

Giroud, as a modern athlete is fitter, better conditioned, more technical and would get into any Arsenal team from virtually any era. I am not comparing him to Henry but referring to him as our best number 9 in comparison with other classic big number 9s , Stapleton.
Let me back away from my statement as people will attack it. He is one of our best strikers ever.
You can argue, this and that but he’s still one of our most prolific, despite playing in a team that has never competed for a title, despite a large number of substitute appearances, despite the manager not playing any wingers to cross for him. Despite a manager who thinks Theo walcaott is a good player to send on to cross to him.

If your happy then do nothing.

Gunner Sore Arse

I completely agree that right now it would appear that everyone directly responsible for running the club has a lack of interest for Arsenal as Arsenal FC and just prefer Arsenal Ltd. The board is spineless and lack complete balls with their inaction or desire to change anything.
I want my Arsenal back and I want and expect my team to play the best they can every single game. Even if I think my manager is a complete narcissistic twat (which by the way I do) I still have pride in the work that I do and do my best, the players should also do the same.
I’m paying premium price for something that is definitely not a premium product right now.

Double98

My fear, or rather conviction is that the prioritisation of Arsenal ltd over Arsenal FC is not momentary. Both entities have different end games. FC wants to win, it wants to invest in the team, it wants to play in front of packed stadia with screaming fans, it wants to do things the Arsenal way. A way that meant something to us all, a unique selling point to borrow the ltd parlance.
Ltd wants to invest in capacity, it wants to remain in top 4 or 5 and will invest the minimum it can to do that. It wants the team to play in half empty stadia where the fans are in the internal concessions areas. It has redefined the Arsenal way as a tepid, bland, mealy mouthed way that is disgusting.

The manager is not the problem. He is the executive of the policy, his natural conservative nature is being exploited by the board and he is unaware of his lack of clothes.

The FC is being cast to the wind. Every day that passes sees the power of the fan diluted and weakened.

Oberon

Exactly!

G-Man

It’s GUBU get it right πŸ˜‰

Oberon

This is stupid and irrational and just crap. Your comments are grotesque at best! Giroud better than Ian Wright? Do one mate. Even Alan Smith scored more goals in his first 5 seasons. We don’t have a divine right to be in the top 4 and most of the teams above us last year have had far worse in the last 20 years. Hell before then we yoyoed all over the place and played terrible football have you forgotten the days of ‘boring boring Arsenal’ it was just a chore to watch them then as they were basically a better version of West brom. I should stop supporting my club because we have been shit in the first 3 games and didn’t get the right players in the transfer? fuck off!

Things need to change but to come out with this drivel is pathetic. Why don’t you do everyone a favour and stop ‘supporting the team’ as you say and drown yourself for good measure, twat.

Double98

Alan Smith scored the same amount of goals … 98 in the 5 more games.
He scored them in two title winning sides.

Your right Ian Wright was more prolific. But I was referring to the classic number 9. But still, he’s one of the leading scorer in our history, despite being in a team that doesn’t compete for league, champions league or even league cups.

Boring boring Arsenal was far more entertaining than the insipid, impotent possession we’ve had for a decade.
History level. Our opponents used the chant boring, boring Arsenal because they were frustrated by us, we used it as a chant because we loved it.

Fuck off? Really? Do you really think I sat down and wrote all that because of 3 games.

Drown myself?
Keep dragging your knuckles…

GoonerN16

@double, a heartfelt succinct analysis of the horrendous fuck up that is The Arsenal right now. I concur with your views, its tragic.

Benriz

I wish I could thumb this up a million times. I agree 100% with everything you’ve said and although it’s tragic and sad, it’s really, genuinely uplifting in a weird way to read your words as they mirror my own thoughts so closely. I’ve said on here a couple of times now that I feel completely over being a fan of this club. It’s like an abusive relationship. We should all just fuck it off.

ClockEndRider

Tractor production is up 300% and Comrade Stakhanov has exceeded his own records for coal production.

dg

Heard that before, now please fuck off

Cannoner

Complete BS! If that was true then Liverpool and Chelsea (?) wouldn’t have bid ridiculous
Money for the Ox if they’ve seen his shambolic performance against the reds.

Mootilated

I don’t think he is far removed blogs. I think he knows they’ve fucked up and is trying to bullshit his way out of it

Faisal Narrage

This is true.
He’s not gonna say Wenger out is he?

He can’t say Wenger out.
If he keeps quiet then blogs will call him out for bring silent.

So he’ll say crap like this.
Just wish he didn’t say..,,THIS.

Pooner

That’s all on him – he made a power-play, it didn’t come off, and instead of leaving he’s stayed on collecting his rather large pay check.

Ausdrexler

Gazidis is a knob. End of story.

NewHavenGooner

The nerve of this guy. We are more than capable of compartmentalizing the many issues fans currently have with this club. The result was shit but the transfer window has a negative spin from the spinelessness and incompetence of this board. It’s like they think were children. Gazidis’s words aren’t worth dirt, the feckless peon.

John C

If Arsenal put as much energy in to improving the team as it does with cack handed PR stunts, we’d be world class football team

Rich

They’re clueless.
I get you have to stand up for your decisions…..
I like the look of Kolasniac.
But I can’t see Lacazette pulling up any tree’s.
We have a squad full of players who don’t look like they like each other, and don’t want to be here.
And a manager who doesn’t seem to have a clue on how he wants them to play.
At the rate we’re conceding chances, I genuinely fear for us.
This is as lowest I’ve felt since 2011/12 after that mad trolley dash, Arsene amazingly pulled a run together at the end of that season.
This time I think we’re dealing with much better sides and managers.
IMO Our best bet is to ignore the Europa, and try to claw points when others are playing 3x p/w.
If we slip away and are out of Europe? Lose Alexis+Ozil? then it’ll limit our chances of securing sponsorship deals similar to our rivals.
Without the extra home games, and sponsorship revenue, under Kroenke we’ll just make more cuts.
I don’t think our squad is particularly strong once you take certain players out of it.
The league is very competitive, and we seem to lack players who lack fight.
Sorry for the negativity.
But I see this as the reality of the position we’re in.

Rich

*lack players with fight

Baz00r

Troll level: Expert

Fabulous

Everyone at top management says things that I’m certain they know are far from the truth. Which I certainly hope is the case, because then it just means they’re all just looking for their big pay day at the end of each season and just continue the same line of mediocrity we’ve been in the last 3 years. It just means when things really goes to shit, and the money isn’t coming in, then they’ll actually have to change, to really change. That is a lot easier to accept than the other alternative which implies they’re so deluded from reality, and is a bigger problem in my opinion.

Stuck on repeat...

Agreed. It has to be completely beyond belief that management of the club actually believes the BS they are are churning out. I mean surely…they can’t ALL be that stupid, even if they genuinely believe that we the fans are?

Donald\'s Trump

It could be a great transfer window. Would help if the players we bought to strengthen the team weren’t sat on the bench whilst players who don’t want to be there were out on the pitch.

Alexis Signitplease

But the reason for the Liverpool result was the failure to address midfield shortcomings in the transfer window!

Eddie

I thought we have all now accepted that Arsene does not do defensive midfielder. In fact now it appears he wants to do away with centre half as well. So, the team will be made up of full backs, attacking midfielders and 1 striker henceforth

ozilate

This guy is the definition of cunt, fuckin sick of him

Kwame Ampadu Down

Just stop talking. Please.

Eduardo da Silvestre

“We want to compete with the likes of Bayern Munich”, be said . I’d like him to explain why we’re competing with BATE

George

I don’t know, it’s not that outlandish. And in context maybe even less so.

Basically, not a fan of this type of leaked stuff. Wonder what the snake who leaked it got in return? Wonder if they’d care if someone leaked their emails?

Sorry, a big ‘meh’ from me.

Amusa

Gazidis and kronke, get the Fuck out of our club!

Dotman

Sir chips keswick too. Get out.

Thaigoon

I vividly remember when transferring to Emirates how he told us the insanely high ticket prices and temporarily sale of star players will be followed by years of highest glory. Arsenal taking over likes of Bayern and RM. How stupid was I to believe these cunts and not a true gunner ‘David Dien’… These are pure businessmen without any real passion for the club or even the game

nimble foot

You know David Dien brought Stan the leech to our club and sold shares to him so he’s not all St David in the matter. Fuck that

Matt

Ahhh hold on now. David brought him there when the premier league was changing and knew we needed an additional person on the board with deep pockets. At that time nobody wanted a rich owner who would interfere with the team e.g.roman abromovic. No one knew the landscape was gona change so dramatically.

The money the clubs are spending now could not have been predicted by anyone. However if you’d asked me in 06/07 when we moved if I’d be happy that we’re able to buy people at 50 million and make bids for those at 80/90 in ten years time Ida bitten your hand off. It’s just that the future we’d planned and banked on didn’t materialise. Instead chelsea and city and psg and so on became more of a regular thing, ffp rules have been tossed out the window and now running a club sensibly without outside investment is now a hindrance.

nimble foot

You’re not wrong but we all mostly look at Stan’s other sports franchises and we have an idea of why he’s so fucking horrible as a majority shareholder, David had to know. He had to know and that was probably one more reason he brought Usmanov as well but they all somehow sold out to Stan the leech Kreonke… I will never for the life of me understand why.
I mean the board voted David out for bringing Stan and then they (mostly) sell off their shares to the same bloke? Fucking does my head in trying to understand that

Thaigoon

David wanted fans to sell out to rich spender Usmanov in the transition phase and as Usmanov couldnt buy all the shares at the time and still spend for us David introduced Stan as a helping hand businessman. While things went other way around and DD warned us about American businessmens intentions they completely got rid of our most valuable asset in David Dein. So no, its disastrous to disrespect the catalyst of our clubs successful years who happened to be a real fan of the club unlike these cunts. Think twice before putting Dein in the same fuck’ bracket as them.

Duece

What is this testicle talking about… our transfer window put a negative spin on our transfer window!
The Liverpool result was down to appaling selection, a sincere lack of desire and a very efficient Liverpool team (a team with a plan, at least!!!!)

Goodie6919

You are just about the money you haven’t strengthened nothing you made a profit what happened to catalyst for change and we got over 150 million so Wenger can strengthen then make a profit this club really needs to start thinking about the people that matter THE FANS as we the ones paying for everything and trust me if things don’t change we will make sure they will because it will all stop

iamtheantisp*r

What a total prick. Ugh. The hits just keep on coming.

JSP2303

That the real problem with Arsenal, we have gone from David Dein to this total waste of skin and air. That’s the complete failings of the old board getting rid of him.
Kroenke needs to piss off and take this wanker Gazidis with him. Please let Usmanov take over. Just look what his business partner did at Everton this transfer window, no shying away from sighing people!!!
Americans know bugger all about our game, they should be looked up in their lunatic asylum called the UNited States and never allowed to leave!!!!!

santori

Stop lauding David Dein as some kind of god.

David Dein did not buy Alexis Sanchez.

David Dein was the one who pushed for Stan Korenke.

David Dein is like lauding Arsenal’s European pedigree. We have never been a big club in Europe nor has David Dein been the solution. In his time, we had issues with Viera wanting to move as well.

This is all romantic nonsense.

Criticism of the current state of affairs is one thing but imagining some sort of glory period because of David Dein alone is clear nonsense.

Fact is Wenger had monopoly on foreign players back then bc he was the most progressive on this front and many clubs (and the press) were allergic to all things foreign.

Which is why we had the edge. Come Chelsea and later City, there were clubs now who could compete in market for top end foreign players. Coincided with our stadium move, it changed the landscape.

We have emerged from the other end but it is a different world now and we are struggling to keep up even with well managed finances.

It has nothing F all to do with David Dein.

Have yourself a dose of reality.

Akè breaky heart

You’re no david dein ivan.

Even mike dean is an improvement, he had a basic knowledge of how football goes

Olu

He has a point, d transfer market wasn’t d best but wasn’t terrible, d loss to Liverpool made tins look worse.

Stuck on repeat...

Um…no. He has no factual points. The loss to Liverpool allowed us the briefest of last minute trafer action to rectify clear deficencies in the squad. As usual we did F all, & actually managed to make things worse by pissing off a key player who was already pissed off. He has no point.

nimble foot

Look if there is no fix to the midfield issue, then in hindsight it’ll be a complete clusterfuck. Right now it looks like a complete clusterfuck of hurricane proportions and I tell you what, nothing’s to say it isn’t exactly what it appears to be right now. Fucking clusterfuck

MrSweaty

Its almost as if they intentionally try and take the piss out of the fans whenever the people supposedly in charge decide to speak once every few months

nimble foot

The fucktards must think we are all muppets

George

Judging by the comments in this thread, he wouldn’t be far wrong.

Pharquhar

What a cunt.

Alex

For the record, Memar was sh** yesterday, unable to put one good free kick or corner in the paths or on the head of his teammates.

Hi-brid

Yeah, cos the Liverpool result had nothing to do with lack of midfield options, uncertainty over the futures of at least three starters and leaving the two players we did bring in on the bench. Completely separate matters.

uhtred

Wanker

Stuck on repeat...

Good Lord the man is deluded! Never read so much piffle & guff in all my life:

“Compete for the title” – Would dearly love to say yes, but the reality is he’s having a laugh & there’s little to no chance. Both Manchester clubs look strong. Think we’ll struggle again to make top 4.

“The fact that both remained at the club was a clear statement of our ambitions and should help refute suggestions we are just about the money. That is simply nonsense” – The only thing simply nonsense about all of that, is ironically actually ALL of that statement. We tried to sell Alexis FFS!!! Chances are, if someone had come in strong for Ozil, we may have done the same there.

β€œAt the end of the window, reviewing all activity, we have once again improved the quality and depth of our squad.” – Improved the quality maybe (depends on the Alexis we get & how pissed off he is with our messing him around on deadline day). Depth? Um…we offloaded a truck load of players (including a world class keeper – granted not playing with us) & brought in 2 players. How does that improve depth? Our defence is more depleted than ever, & we still haven’t solved our long standing midfield issues. Oh, & don’t get me started on the “once again” aspect!!!!

Just when I think that AW is the deluded fool in the club, Gaxidis comes up with this & out trumps him. Christ it’s going to be a long long season…

ronaldo

fucking idiot, we lost at Liverpool, so the transfer window was not justified, the team is now weaker than last season, alex and ozel didn,t stay for the love of arsenal, and theres only one direction arsenal are going, and that’s down

Double98

Arsenal Fans:
We are through the looking glass. We have fallen down the rabbit hole and ended up in some dystopian future fantasy that not even Orwell or Lewis Carroll could have imagined. I remember when we are a laughing stock. I remember when all you could do was laugh. The time for rye laughing is gone. The situation at Arsenal has gone from FUBAR to GUBU.

GUBU was a term coined by an Irish political commentator called Conor Cruise-O’Brien. He crafted it out of a phrase used by Irish Taoiseach (Prime Minister) Charles Haughey who used this sentence to describe a strange series of events that lead to a double murderer being apprehended in the house of the Irish Attorney General.

It was a bizarre happening, an unprecedented situation, a grotesque situation, an almost unbelievable mischance.

GUBU is refers to the adjectives in the above sentence – Grotesque, Unbelieveable, Bizzarre and Unprecendented. It is regularly used to described any political scandal in ireland.
Things deteriorate as such 1 a series of unfortunate events, 2 crisis 3 circus 4 GUBU.
Normally outside the convoluted, parish pump Irish political circles, some bodies self preservation stops the deterioration at some point between 2 and 3.

Things have gone full GUBU at the emirates. Its a Scandal. An absolute outrage.

Grotesque – Adj. comically or repulsively ugly or distorted
After finishing last season in our worst position for 20 odd years, we used the summer transfer window to make a transfer profit. Its comical. It’s something that even the most cynical among us would not have foreseen. The cynical Arsenal fan may have thought we’d spend at least 10 – 20 million net this year. Because that is somewhat in the interests of our club. Teams up and down the country are richer than they ever have been. Its not a bubble, they are not rich on credit. They have hard cash in the banks from TV deals. Arsenal have money in their bank, more than all the others. They have the biggest match day revenue in the league and have banked 20 years of champions league money.
The club waited all summer to leave its most grotesque, ugly, comical distortion to the transfer deadline day. They sell Alexis in the morning and fail to secure his replacement in the evening, so they cancel the deal. Apparently the ran out of time having triggered monacos asking price for Lemar. But they could have done that 8 weeks ago. They could have done it two days ago.
We now have a toxic squad that has a very unhappy totemic player in Alexis Sanchez. He’s not worth anything to the squad unless his head and heart are in the right place and we have made sure that they are not.
Thats the transfer side. The playing side of this club is grotesque. The team have no spine, the players are cowards. The Manager is seemingly clueless as he beats the same dead horses week in week out.
The Pundits are all shocked at how bad we are. They fans of opposition clubs are not laughing at us anymore. They feel sorry for us.

Unbelievable – Adj.not able to be believed; unlikely to be true.
Can you have predicted how you would feel about this club right now? The CEO calls the manager who has been in situ for 20 years a catalyst for change. Its like calling the queen a republican. Wenger was a catalyst for change in 1997/98. The CEO wanted him gone just before he called him a catalyst for change and then stood by while he was overruled by the owner. He feared for his job. But he could have walked away and showed integrity and care for the club. He would have got another Job. Now when #WengerIn threatens Stan Kroenkes bottom line, Ivan Gazidaz will be sacked for letting it happen because owners don’t take responsibility. The Manager should have gone out on a high last May. Its incredible to see that his hail mary win of an FA cup was something that he could build on? Wenger knew the condition of the club, he knew how many players contract where end of life, he knew he had too many players. He knew deep down that they had stopped playing for him.

Bizzare Adj. very strange or unusual.
The entire situation is strange. Cui Bono? To whose benefit is this all for? Why Is Stan Kroenke owning a club that he seemingly has no ambition for. His inaction this summer must have financial ramifications for him. If he is speculating on a breakaway super league, what on earth makes him think that Real Madrid, Barcelona, etc want to be in our club. What makes him think that Beijing or Kuala Lumpur want to bid for more Arsenal. At some point this grotesque comedy has to distance the fans in the far east as much as it is the fans in North London. Who would pay him the money he would want for the shares in a club that is entirely on a downward spiral?
Ivan Gazidas is a professional CEO – he’s a suit. He is a brand – he has built his reputation as a safe pair of hands, a commercial wiz – Who would let him run a sweet shop after this? He has taken the 8th biggest club in the world and mishandled them to the point where they are less relevant and less attractive than they were in 1986.
Arsene Wenger, seemingly has no interest in legacy or reputation but professes a love for the club. Can he not see that the modern game is full of negative tacticians that can boil his game down to expose his weaknesses time and time and time and time again. How many times must he see his team passively dominating possession while passing side to side impotently, only to allow some long pass out of defence unleash a fleet footed attacker against our slow centre backs. How can he think that Theo Walcott is a plan b. Theo can do two things well, he’s fast and he’s a good finisher. He is able to attack space. He is clearly not a guy to come on and chase a game, yet a seemingly intelligent man like Wenger gives him literally 100’s of appearances off the bench to chase games, only to see him limply touch the ball twice in the 25 minutes or so that he has. Wenger persists strangely with Theo, and strangely resists players who do look effective. Lucas Perez comes on and does a good job and then gets benched, Joel Campbell the same. Mertesacker gets benched for no apparent reason. Ospina gets benched and while hes not the most popular, his stats are the best of any goal keeper to have played under wenger. Against Liverpool, He strangely plays Ox in right back and moves Bellerin to left back and drops the left back and plays another left back at centre back while dropping a centreback to do it. Then he drops the record signing and plays the guy who wants to leave. Its all very strange. He comes across as cogent and in charge of his faculties but then he picks a team that looks like it started in his mind as a 4-4-2 and he was forced by some invisible force to make in to a 352. Has he picked 4-4-2 players because he knows that he will change to that formation mid game? In which case WTF?
Its Bizzare.

Unprecedented – Adj. never done or known before.
No club has ever seemingly gone to war with its supporters. Maybe the Italian Clubs pick a fight with their ultra fans, usually to make the stadiums safer or wrest power over club affairs back to the club.
Arsenal in its entirety – the owner, the ceo, the manager, the assistant manager, the media guys, dick law, the players have for some reason chosen to assault the fans. They make decision after decisions that are seemingly against their self interest. They act like gamblers or alcoholics, choosing one more hand or one more drink but without even a vain hope of a win or any high. Stan Kroenke can’t be hoping that his inaction and silence will lead to his imploding club from making a profit. Ivan Gazidas can’t imagine that his meek, non-chief, non-executive, non-officerness will do him any favours when his ass eventually gets kicked to the kerb. Wenger can’t imagine he will win the league playing players who don’t want to play for him in positions that they dont want to play. Steve Bould can’t imagine that he will get another opportunity at a big club after sitting on the bench impersonating a meek pat rice for 5 years, The marketing guys who put out inciteful missives at the worst time, demonstrating the absolute breakdown of understanding between the fan and the club can’t be looking to put this job on their cvs..
The players who can’t be arsed chasing back, or manning up, or doing their job – they can’t see that they are all on the path of Debuchy where mediocre teams wont even borrow them.
Its all unprecedented – no team has ever done this relentless, systemic alienation of its fans. Other clubs imploded for financial reasons, Leeds, Portsmouth etc… But we are richer than God. Arsenal has huge cash reserves, the biggest stadium in the biggest city in the biggest footballing nation on earth.
And we put systems in place to put out absolute drivel on the pitch. We limp to 4th most seasons, every single game is torture – when was the last time that we were comfortable in a match with 20 minutes to go… even in the FA cup last year we were hanging on against non league opposition for a while.
Its all so, so unnecessary, I mean. who in the world would have picked that team against liverpool. Who would have dropped Lacazzette? Who would have played Xhaka and Ramsey against a counter attacking side? Who would have played ox in bellerins position and left kolasenic and Mertesaker on the bench? Not a single arsenal fan.
We have players of great quality. Player for player we are capable of matching any team in the world. But something is not harnessing that. Mesut Ozil is an incredible player, he sees the game like no one else. Giroud is the best number 9 we have ever had. All through the team we have really good, Excepional players but this squad is not sifting into a satisfactory team.
Arsene wenger picks it and He’s there every day with the players. He knows that Ox wants to leave and cant be arsed, he knows that ramsay thinks defence is a structure that borders his property from the neighbours. He knows all that we know and more and still he puts out that rubbish team on the pitch. He knows that we needed to get rid of players early. Pay them off. I mean its not great commercially but having all this toxic people hanging around is doing the footballing side of the business irreparable damage.
He knows the fans don’t want him. I was his biggest fan and now I wont even watch his post match interviews.

Its time for Arsenal fans to make a stand and stop going to the stadium. Cancel your season tickets, come off the waiting list, Stop buying the merch. Cancel your sky subscriptions. Peel the Fly Emirates logos off your shirts and wear them to your local non league side until Kroenke leaves.If he doesn’t then just love your new team.
This Arsenal is not our Arsenal. Its some walking dead, alzheimers Arsenal that has no time for us. It hates us and wants us to feed it money while giving nothing in return.

I can’t get behind a manager who wont address the elephants in the room that he put there. The elephants he feeds, the elephants he won’t admit. I can’t get behind a brand that embraces medicrity and failure with such fervour. I can’t get behind a team that is collectively and individually unable and unwilling to battle. I can’t get behind a club that is abusing its fans.

In2019 we will be in the top flight for an unbroken century.
Will we?
Who cant beat us fairly easily in this league?Who in our ownership, governance, management gives a damn?
Its GUBU and surely we want our Arsenal back.
#KronkeOut #GazidasOut #WengerOut #BouldOut
#PlayTheKids #ArsenalSocialMediaOut

Sorry about the lengthy ramble… but catharsis and all that.

EZD

The cynic in me thinks he wrote this with the intention of leaking it.

He wants people to think the board care more about football than money (because of Alexis and Ozil).

Hafthor

Players frequently playing out of position, Strenghtening a rival yet again, ridicoulous lineups like the one against Liverpool coupled with ridicoulous substitutions, and now Gazidis comes with this shit. At this point i swear we are all being trolled.

They are probably lauthing their ass off in the boardroom.

Gazidis: Hoho, Wenger, did you see their faces when the lineup came out, haha. I especially enjoyed the touch you did with playing Welbeck for most of the game and then subbing him for Walcott, Bhahahah. The fans faces, just utter and complete disbelief, priceless! Hahaha, i cant breathe!

Josh Kroenke: Okay okay, now to the next order of business, thanks to mister Wenger we made another hefty profit, this time over 30 million and you know what that means gentlemen. Some fat juicy bonuses coming our way, Oh Yeah, Bump it! I have been eying this Yacht for awhile now and with this latest bonus i think i’m going to indulge myself.

ClockEndRider

It wasn’t Gazidus who picked the teams. The footballing side is all down to Wenger. Plenty to moan about re ownership and management of the company. But the one thing they’re not on the hook for is bizarre team selection.

nimble foot

Oh please spare me the tittle tattle.
When we say the football side, we tend to say it like its unaffected by money and like the board doesn’t control the ins and outs of finance.
Yes, Wenger screwed the starting eleven at Pool but this constant bickering about footballing side like its independent of money is rather rich. Look at Utd, City, Chavs, they have spent money to give their managers something he can control on the footballing side. At Arsenal it is not the same

nimble foot

Thumbs up re the team selection

Murphster

Not sure there is a mystery as you why he gave Wenger another two years of this shite. Who else would take the job? Seriously what kind of Managers are going to come to Arsenal and accept this nonsense?

Anyone worth their salt is going to want to bring in a couple of players and would expect rebuilding money to do it. He clearly doesn’t want to spend money on players.

That’s why Wenger is still here, no other reason.

Matt

Comon guys. We all know Gazidis is the middle man between the Love in between Wenger and Kroenke. If he wants change he not only has to convince Wenger (no chance) but he has to then relay whatever Wengers thought’s/opinions are to Kroenke to try to convince him as well. And if Wenger does disagree… Game Over Ivan. I think once Wenger goes and his choke hold of power with him, you’ll find the club forming a more modern way of conducting itself. I. E. Director of Football. More coaches. More delegation.

Until then it’s just unfortunate we’re in a tough spot because we have a manager who is doing what’s expected of him at board level (barley) who doesn’t want to leave his job and is arguably out best ever manager but who in doing so is stagnating us via tactics, pay structure, play style and our success in the transfer market.

People will say, he should walk/quit and we should get a new manager a new ceo and a new owner. That’s not going to happen. Ivan seems like he knows what the club needs and wants but has his hands tied while wenger is there. Kroenke isn’t going anywhere. Even if he received a mad offer it would need to be triple the clubs worth before he’d consider selling up. Best chance is wenger out and see the real change Ivan and a proper modern club structure can bring us.

George

Finally a comment worth reading. Kudos.

Dave

It’s very sad a man can sit there peddling lies like ‘catalyst for change’ and this to the fans. I don’t begrudge anyone striving for the biggest pay packet they can get but have some respect for the fans for christ sake

Clive St Helmet

“Everything is coloured by results”

No shit, Sherlock. Nobody gives a fuck about the transfer window, it’s about having a squad good enough to win the league and not get our pants pulled down by the likes of Liverpool.

California Gooner

So Gazidis says we failed to strengthen in key areas. Wenger gave an interview in which he said he was happy with the transfer window – which is it?

Is it any wonder we’re in this mess!!

Dan

You have to admire the brass balls of the man! Who does he think he is fooling? We’ve improved the quality and depth of the squad by selling 20 players and bringing in two?

ClockEndRider

How many of the 20 would you have kept? How many would genuinely add value? I don’t mind getting rid of deadwood. But you can’t then either not add some genuine contenders or pick sides to play all out of position and with no tactical plan whatsoever.

Pete

It’s all rigged. Owner trousering millions every year, CEO awarding himself massive pay rises for doing nothing and one of the highest paid managers in the game sucking their titties with no accountability. There should be a criminal investigation.

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Yeah, and if we qualified for the Champions League last season it would have put a different spin on our transfer window.

If this story is true, what’s more worrying than what Ivan is saying in itself (he spins downright lies to fans and the press more often than a Tory politician) is that fact he’s spinning his own staff. That feels dangerous.

Tim

Why should be expect anything else from a CEO who doesn’t know what winning a football title looks like.

Get the yanks out of the club.

SpamB0t

Wow, what a cunt.

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