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 £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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