Gazidis: We can compete like Bayern

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Ivan Gazidis says Arsenal’s spending potential could see the club compete with the likes of Bayern Munich, a club which generates its own income and isn’t reliant on sugar daddy funding.

Expanding on comments made earlier in the day, the Chief Executive said that the club is moving into a new dimension in terms of its financial situation, and compared us with the German giants while admitting we’re still some way away from what they do and how they do it.

“We have got fantastic support from Emirates through the new deal we’ve done with them”, he told a group of reporters yesterday.

“We’re very confident with the new deals we’ve got coming through, although we can’t talk about that in any detail. That’s showing really positive progression. We should be able to compete at a level like a club such as Bayern Munich.

“I’m not saying we are there by any means, we have a way to go before we can put ourselves on that level. But this whole journey over the past ten years really has been with that goal in mind which is why I say that this is an extraordinarily ambitious club.

“We get beaten up along the way but I think we are an extraordinarily ambitious club. This has been about putting us up with the best in the world and now the question is turning that platform now into on-field success.”

And with fans eager for new signings, and perhaps a marquee player like Dennis Bergkamp was in 1995, Gazidis said the club could do that when asked if Wayne Rooney was a possibility.

“We can look at some options that weren’t really in our financial capability. There has been a financial constraint and we had a strategy within those financial parameters which hasn’t delivered what we all want, I accept that, but that has been carefully thought through.

“Of course we could do that. We could do more than that. We have a certain amount which we’ve held in reserve. We also have new revenue streams coming on board and all of these things mean we can do some things which would excite you.

“What excites Arsene isn’t necessarily what excites you. We can think about all kinds of things. The important thing for us as a club, and it may frustrate everybody but we don’t think about what’s going to excite our fans for the next couple of weeks, we think about what’s going to excite them when we start playing in August and hopefully when we’re in March and April and competing.

“That’s what we’re focusing on. For Arsene, it’s a question of getting the right players, the ones he believes in, not necessarily the players the fans want. He’s very disciplined about his beliefs and how he wants to structure a team. And he’s done a fantastic job at that over a long period. He has new tools available to him financially and I think he’ll make good use of them.”

While Gazidis’s words may ring hollow to many, it’s interesting to read them in context – and a full transcript can be found on the Mirror football site.

Basically, Gazidis has made it clear that the club have money to spend, and a lot of it, and failure to do so will be down to the manager.

The ball is in your court, Arsene.

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heh
heh

yeah we can compete like bayern it will take timebut please….the news of the day here. fellaini on his way ey?

Fred
Fred

All us arsenal fans hope for arsene wenger to spend more money in the transfer market on quality players but the sad thing is we have had the quality players but he ends up selling them because the money is just too sweet. Van persie, fabergas, song, toure, clichy, Henry, Viera to just name a few. If you have the heart to sell your best players and that has prevented you from winning any trophies in eight years, then how much do you really care about success. The only success I think you really care about is financial. I can’t wait to to tell me grand kids one day that I loved a team which one nothing for many years, sold there best players year in year out and was run by one of the greatest business managers ever in sport. i Can’t wait.

Thebiggooseman
Thebiggooseman

Heard this all before re. Financial clout etc etc. Prove it by buying class and not cheap tut (park, squillaci etc), add that to the sound squad we have now and you will see results.
1 or 2 class players will make more difference than filling the squad with cheap ‘maybe’ players and tying up wages for 4 years.
Prove it Ivan – get fellaini and a great striker and only then I will believe you. When you do I will gladly eat humble pie as I will be too happy watching my boys clean up! !

shuggietodd
shuggietodd

I think Wenger’s frugalness must be contagious. When I read about the Fellaini rumours, my heart almost stopped when they mentioned £22mil! “But what if he gets injured?! Maybe we should just hedge our bets by buying 3 lesser known players instead”!
Blimey!

Django 2Chainz
Django 2Chainz

Hahaha I agree – I too suffer from that contagion – though it will be better than spending £30m on 28yr old Fernandinho and £17 on (I am homesick for Sevilla) Navas.

neutral
neutral

Fellaini would be one of the best signings this team could make, him and a top center forward, maybe a wide left man, and we are looking strong. Throw in Minoglet and another RB/CB and I’ll be ecstatic.

shuggietodd
shuggietodd

Imagine the difference he could make to our set-pieces! Following on from Tim Cahill and before that Duncan Ferguson and evern Dixie Dean, it seems Everton have always had players who can head a ball!

OzGooner
OzGooner

While we’re on the topic of Bayern and transfers, why is no one talking about snatching up Gomez. He’s a top top top quality centre forward, yeah maybe he hasn’t got the pace but his hold up play is top notch and let’s not get started on his finishing. His goal to game ratio for Bayern is 2/3 if I’m not mistaken and he’d be available on the cheap. Not to mention I’d take him over the fat cunt Rooney any day of the week. Oh! and he’s got great hair.

Django 2Chainz
Django 2Chainz

I think Giroud offers more than Gomez to our team already and he is improving, Gomez Peaked a few seasons ago.

I’ll put it this way, had we had Gomez already and Bayern Giroud we would be pining for Giroud.

We need a different striker to add to those that we already have, Higuain-esque is what I am hoping for, a bit more potent and technical and astute positionally.

Hulk
Hulk

OzGooner, just to let you know, Gomez is very very uncoordinated and not very good. The only thing he would be good at is using all of Chamak’s hair gel while they both sit on the bench. Leave him there and lets get someone who can play football instead.

Bunburyist
Bunburyist

Marouane Fellaini assaulted Ryan Shawcross in a game this past December. Left the snotty little orc on his ass crying.

Honestly, I can’t think of a better reason to sign Fellaini.

2013-2014 = 2003-2004!!!
2013-2014 = 2003-2004!!!

I can think of a certain French weasel and a certain Dutch skunk who would be close to the top of my ‘headbutt’ wishlist!

heh
heh

he’s also a tall and imposing CAM who could bring much needed steel in our lightweight midfield. that’s a reason too!….sorry im being pedantic here don’t mind me.

there also many other reasons we should sign him like say the wag he keeps at home..is she hot? I just know it…… but your criteria tops it. he roughed up an orc dammit, sign him up!

Gutbukkit Deffrolla
Gutbukkit Deffrolla

If we get Fellaini, and if Diaby gets back to a competetive level in the second half of the season then a clear task will be set for Diaby. Do better then Fellaini to make the team and prove the belief Wenger has shown in you was not misguided.

Django 2Chainz
Django 2Chainz

Fellaini will be to the team what Diaby could/ should have been and they both have similar attributes so it would make sense if we are sigining a player who can give what we will no longer get from Diaby.

I don’t expect it though we have had this happen to us loads of times so I am very wary of anything like this happening.

But tactically this would be a brilliant signing. It diversifies the midfield even more and allows to play in different ways especially as this guy has uses defensively but is great offensively.

Fellaini, Yaya Toure and Diaby are very similar players tactically so if this were to happen I would be pleasantly shocked and a little shy as we don’t sign players like this in these boisterous circumstances.

Phaniman
Phaniman

He prefers playing DM apparently

Rob'67
Rob'67

“While Gazidis’s words may ring hollow to many…”

spare us the disclaimer. They read like the whine of someone who sees that Club Level Tickets aren’t renewing as they should and needs to spread the bullshit as far and wide, across as many fields, as he can.

There’s no need for talk. Or interviews, or disclaimers.

Just do it ! Win something ! Anything !

Then come back and tell us how wonderful you are.

But until that happens, this and other outbursts should be treatied, like the dross and hot air that they are.

Zorro in the box
Zorro in the box

I think the other point to be made is this is meant to present a contrast with Chelsea. While they certainly have won things, they can afford to use the lure of excessive wealth to cover their failings. When a £50million flop buy doesn’t win you anything, they can spend our transfer record fee on a back-up in the January window. And that’s something that papers over the institutional cracks in their management structure.

By contrast, Gazidis and Wenger (and the rest of the Board) present a business plan, a targetted and attainable ambition and, most importantly, security – financial, footballing philosophy and managerial. And that’s something that will draw in the sorts of players we need. Not top-up mercenaries who’ll win something instantly (we’ll need them after we compose the winning team) like Nasri, RvP (or your Zlatans). Rather, we need those sorts of players who’ll take us to the competitive level but look to stay and win over a few years.

So, buy whomever, whether it’s a Jovetic or a Higuain type, young enough to want to compete to win over a few seasons, say start with a cup and in the running for the league and over a few seasons the title, even competing for the CL, who knows. But when we get right to the top, then we’ll need those superstars who have the desire and lack of patience, who need to win right away.

We’re not Chelsea, we cannot ride roughshod over player concerns about their own futures simply by saying “we’ll pay you enough not to worry, and you need not worry because we’ll spend till we win”. This is, and needs to be a club that’s built on something less glitzy, but significantly more stable.

Dez
Dez

Yeah that’s right, it’s great being stable and not winning a trophy for eight years. Its also great that the club is not broke but just remember this: the extra money they save from buying average players does not go to us fans, it goes to the board and arsene. I don’t care about the money the club saves/ has in the bank, I care about us challenging to win trophies. You cannot sell your best players year after year and expect to challenge for anything.

Tupac
Tupac

Lets hope so.

not that handsome french bloke
not that handsome french bloke

Never been so excited for a summer…. bring in the left backs!! (I kid, I kid)

2013-2014 = 2003-2004!!!
2013-2014 = 2003-2004!!!

Speaking of leftbacks… can we use some of that money to BRIBE the Brazilian club Gremio to take Andre Santos off our hands for good?

Django 2Chainz
Django 2Chainz

I say keep him – that way GIbbs and Monreal will be fresher for the main/ important matches and not geting scared that one of them will get injured in a lge cup match.

DarthRhyder
DarthRhyder

I think just releasing him will be cheaper 😀

Top Gun Gooner
Top Gun Gooner

I heard that as well is it true?
And how much money is bayern level spending?

Malaysian Gooner
Malaysian Gooner

I’d like to point out though that Bayern didn’t do much else besides that. They generally make one or two big signings per season and don’t do much else.

Sigh
Sigh

They don’t do much…except win the treble

Imarnuel_AFC
Imarnuel_AFC

Ive got a really good feeling. Looking forward to next season! Come on You Gunners

Xanthias
Xanthias

Rooney is a fantastic player, who says otherwise is just biased. We signed Silvestre from them and they signed Cunt Persie from us. Time for a payback?

Alex Cutter
Alex Cutter

Anyone who claims that we wouldn’t be greatly improved with Rooney is a liar or an idiot.

Dave Gooner
Dave Gooner

Wayne Rooney doesn’t, and never has, conducted himself like an Arsenal player. Brassers, grannies, that whole swearing into the camera in front of a nation of 9, 10 and 11 year olds thing. Sorry, but i couldn’t bring myself to support that, or tell my 8 year old that his picture belongs on his bedroom wall.

I don’t care how much he has won. In my real life, I coach kids. These things really do matter. Arsenal, unlike Manchester United, is still a proper football club, and our values count. Or at least, I for one hope so.

I expect more – much much more – from our players than that potty mouthed scobe has ever demonstrated.

Added to which, from where i am sitting certainly, Wayne Rooney has lost his competitive edge – he is now just coasting. There is no hunger.

So I say: “thanks Wayne, but no thanks.” Try Chelsea or Man City or Sp*rs. They have no class.

Signing Wayne Rooney would be a tragedy for Arsenal IMO.

shuggietodd
shuggietodd

I think he’s peaked as a player too. About 8 years ago. As soon as he gets that final cosy long contract that fat bloke waiting to get out is going to emerge. I’m not sure Gremio would be able to take him off of our hands either!

2013-2014 = 2003-2004!!!
2013-2014 = 2003-2004!!!

I think we’ve all supported Wayne Rooney before when he’s playing for England. Nothing wrong with his performance against Brazil last week (wonderful curler goal + cute little flick to Oxlade-Chamberlain for an assist).

Merlin's Panini
Merlin's Panini

well, it was more of a lucky deflection curler goal, wasn’t it?
I do think he’s a good player but he’s also a hot head a fat potato and likes grandma’s a bit too much.
I would much rather see someone like Higuain.

jack jack jack
jack jack jack

Agreed. He’s easy to hate but if we’re honest he’s a genuinely brilliant player and a fucking hard grafter. Wouldn’t be bad to add that bit of quality, experience and determination to the squad but I have to say it all seems a bit unlikely. It would be beyond sweet to nick their player and win the league next season, beyond sweet I tell you.

Peach
Peach

Rooney will NOT come to Arsenal. He even threatened to leave Man Utd due to lack of ambition and you think he’s going to come and join Mr hasn’t won a trophy for 8 years.

Wenger full well knows Rooney is not coming. He just sat down with Gazidis a few weeks ago and they agreed to string the fans along because season ticket sales are down.

When are Arsenal fans going to wake up and stop acting like mugs?

Long Dong Silver
Long Dong Silver

Why does everyone fucking say ‘season ticket sales are down’ like they are ITK? You don’t know shit so don’t act like you do. Try getting on the waiting list for a season ticket.

Mills
Mills

Cool, what else was in that meeting you attending with Wenger and Gazidis?

Dave Gooner
Dave Gooner

Rest assured, every season ticket will be sold. How long is the waiting list now?

eddymc2
eddymc2

It’s hardly payback. They took the core of our attack and we’d be taking what, a player they barely even need these days?

GUN
GUN

He scored 27 goals from 34 appearances in 2011-12 season in the Premier league FFS.
This season he was playing behind the striker and still managed 12 goals and 10 assists from 27 appearances.
I’d be happy ‘IF’ he is signed by Arsenal. I would even try to forget that dive to end the unbeaten run. He is a complete player and the type of player we need upfront.

Arsene's Nose
Arsene's Nose

Arsenal rising from the ashes like a Phoenix

amusa
amusa

Ivan Gazidis: Trolling Arsenal fans since 2009.

Dr. Love
Dr. Love

Ah come on be fair to the guy. He clearly confused Bayern with Barnet, it happens to the best of us.

Moobs
Moobs

Dr. Love: trolling Arsenal fans since 2013

Foodsta
Foodsta

Nice bit of joke. hopefully not this year

BRArsenal

Hopefully Gazidis keeps banging on this drum so that we have some pressure on Arsene coming from the top brass.

No excuses this summer, really.

Sigh
Sigh

“What excites Arsene isn’t necessarily what excites you. We can think about all kinds of things. The important thing for us as a club, and it may frustrate everybody but we don’t think about what’s going to excite our fans for the next couple of weeks, we think about what’s going to excite them when we start playing in August and hopefully when we’re in March and April and competing.”

And

“That’s what we’re focusing on. For Arsene, it’s a question of getting the right players, the ones he believes in, not necessarily the players the fans want. He’s very disciplined about his beliefs and how he wants to structure a team.”

Not too sure how you interpreted Gazidis’ interview as exerting pressure on Wenger. The above two little snippets indicate the exact opposite in fact. The status quo will be continued, point blank. And yes I read the entire transcript and he really didn’t say anything new or of any significance in my opinion. Lots of money blah blah blah. But will be spent “responsibly” Which Is just code speak for the same transfer policy.

gooner4ever
gooner4ever

I too felt the same. It comes across as you correctly pointed out ‘point blank’ and hands in gloves kind of approach. His words are very polarising. What the fans want and what Wenger wants. That is so subtly put. It therefore does not appear blatant. Ivan Gazidis might be very categorical, deliberate and honest in speaking his mind, but his speech is far from the truth. A half truth is much more dangerous than an outright lie.

Fans make the game of football and fill it with passion and fervour. Not the management or the board. Yes they run the club at a level which is very important, but without fans a club is nothing. So these words spoken here by Gazidis arent very wisely put. Sorry there is no clarity here.

Sean
Sean

I really wish he didn’t say: “what excites Arsene isn’t necessarily what excites you”

2013-2014 = 2003-2004!!!
2013-2014 = 2003-2004!!!

During his previous time at Chelski, Jose Mourinho commented about Arsene Wenger “a VOYEUR-like person, who’s got a telescope in hand to peep through the windows of other people’s houses.”

Gazidis: “What excites Arsene isn’t necessarily what excites you”…

I hope Gazidis was referring to football matters!

davonz
davonz

But Mourinho is under a lot more pressure than Wenger. Mourinho has been “ordered” to win the EPL and the Champions league otherwise he gets the bullet albeit with a 20 mill severance package where as Arsene only has to finish fourth to retain his 7 mill annual salary. Amazing world the majority of us don’t live in.

iwearnosocks
iwearnosocks

Yes. The majority of us, overwhelming majority of us, cannot do the jobs of any of the top 100 managers.

amazing world eh

jack jack jack
jack jack jack

I’m really glad he did – half the idiots out there wanted us to buy Chris fucking Samba not that long ago.

Clockendrider

The same know alls who said Vermaelen and Koscielny were too short and inexperienced and Mertesacker too tall and German.
Thank heavens these idiots aren’t running the club.
Or rather, perhaps this is among the myriad reasons why they don’t.

Sigh
Sigh

And the other half get aroused over signing an injured Ligue 2 player…

Merlin's Panini
Merlin's Panini

@Evil – I think Sigh’s referring to Yaya Sanogo

Evil

Koscielny? Though he had made the step up to Ligue 1 the season in which we signed him.

jack jack jack
jack jack jack

Oh. Like that. Yes well…Urgh.

goonerbegood
goonerbegood

All we want to see is Players coming to take us to the next level period, this is my only interest. when ever the season has ended or about to kick off, Ivan always comes out with stuff to keep us dreaming. It is about time we turn these dreams to reality. we want to see the talking on the pitch with proper quality players.

What is the point of having money like bayern munich but on the pitch we do not have players on the same quality. ……we need to see players coming in of quality., this is all i want , to see us competing for trophy`s and winning trophys including the champion league.

Henry's beard
Henry's beard

Interesting that when pressed on the possibility of resigning Fabregas, Gazidis said he didn’t want to be pressed on individual cases. When Rooney was mentioned earlier as a possible signing, his comments read incredibly bullishly and he didn’t move to outright dismiss it either (despite it being an ‘individual case’).

No doubt I’m reading too much into semantics, but it was an interesting detail nonetheless.

progman07
progman07

You ARE reading too much into semantics. He didn’t talk about Rooney either.

ArseRapture
ArseRapture

‘For Arsene, it’s a question of getting the right players, the ones he believes in, not necessarily the players the fans want.’

This line sounds like we’re going to buy five 18 year olds that will be amazing in four years.

The fans want established players to make the difference next season and what’s wrong with that?

jack jack jack
jack jack jack

What a load of old bollocks. Wenger has proven with our most recent signings (Podolski, Arteta, Mertesacker, Cazorla) that he also wants ‘established players to make the difference’, not just 18 years olds that will be amazing in four years. As he has said, the financial shackles from the stadium move meant that he had to put faith in youth (because it’s a riskier but much cheaper way to get talented players) and his recent record plus his past record buying proven talent (Arshavin etc), and his expressed interest in a player like Rooney, shows your jibe to be utter skidmarks.

Hearing the same old balls again and again gets so tiresome.

Gandalf's Kebab
Gandalf's Kebab

Proven in Russia / League 1 / Superliga isn’t proven in the PL.

AP
AP

Lucky for you we aren’t signing Messi then.

Evil

Yeah, which is why we should’ve gotten Chris Samba, eh? Proven in the Prem, wasn’t he?
And we got Silvestre, who was as proven in the Prem as it goes, having won the league a bazillion times and look how that turned out. Bloody marvellous!

Jagger
Jagger

What does established mean? Wenger wants to buy the right players that understand the system he wants to implement. He wants technical players to carry out those instructions. There are many established players in this world, but fewer right ones for each club.

Gandalf's Kebab
Gandalf's Kebab

Yup. We’ve had too many flops in the first team or recent so I can’t really believe like Nice Dad Wengy does. I want track records, not potential, thanks.

heh
heh

“what’s wrong with that”….uh established players is what is wrong with that! lol

heh
heh

Don’t understand why people in here are playing dumb. rooney is a good player, he’s had one bad season after being played in a relatively unfamiliar position, he’s found it hard to play second fiddle to rvp and that has definetly played a part in his below par season.

Like he himself supposedly said, he needs a fresh start and I find it hard to believe that’s he’s past it. it’s okay to hate but don’t hate and be stupid at same time.

buy rooney, fellaini grenier and cesar and lets do this.

2013-2014 = 2003-2004!!!
2013-2014 = 2003-2004!!!

If we get Fellaini we don’t need Grenier. We’ve got find enough playing-time for a midfield boasting Cazorla/Wilshere/Rosicky/Ramsey/Arteta already.

Julio Cesar conceded 2 goals a game (to be fair with a shite QPR defence). Michele Vorm of Swansea is my first keeper pick!

Actually, how about Michele Vorm AND Mark Schwarzer (who’s available on a free from Fulham cuz he’s 40yrs old) and we sell Schezcny and let Fabianski leave.

We’ve all had near-heart-attacks playing Fulham when RVP/Nasri/Fabregas takes a ripping shot-on-goal only to be saved by the diving Aussie. Think he can perform until he’s 43yrd old unlike fat Friedl at Spuds.

Goalkeeper DISTRIBUTION has always been key to Arsenal’s attack (Seaman, Lehman). We al love Schezcnhy’s character but he struggles to kick the ball past the halfway line sometimes.

King Henry's Squire
King Henry's Squire

At this point in time it’s difficult to read about comments Gazidis is making when he and Wenger should be flying around the world courting some top-tier talent. The delay in purchasing from the other big-spending clubs because of the managerial shuffle is the ideal time to wrap deals up or at least put them beyond any doubt. It doesn’t need to be Higuain or Jovetic exactly, but the “additional financial capabilities” have been mentioned enough times to make any sane Arsenal fan lose his sh*t. Stop talking, start acting. I won’t begrudge anyone in the Arsenal administration purchases like Sanogo or Ginter, but it’s obvious to one and all that our squad needs immediate surgery of a significant nature if we want to compete for anything (let alone on multiple fronts). Let’s not forget the main reason we were able to close out this season successfully was because we managed to avoid our usual medical room overflow. Anyone want to put money on that type of luck happening again? I didn’t think so. Squad needs more depth and talent. Now.

Jasonissimo
Jasonissimo

I don’t argue with anything you said. I just wanted to point out that “it doesn’t have to be Higuain or Jovetic exactly” is common cause with “What excites Arsene isn’t necessarily what excites you.” Read together with Gazidis’s comment that Arsene judges players with his own eyes and not based on their reputations or price tags, I take it to mean just that we may not get the players we are linked with on a rolling basis because it sells papers, but we will try to bring in guys who are in reality just as good. I don’t see any controversy in these statements. They really are quite sensible, honestly. I would expect that most clubs not managed by Redknapp operate the same way.

Gandalf's Kebab
Gandalf's Kebab

Somewhere in Switzerland, behind heavily guarded doors, Arsene is diving in and out of a pool of Arsenal cash, Scrooge McDuck style.

That’s the only explanation that makes any sense at this point.

London
London

I’m hoping with Freddie becoming the ambassador for AFC, we will hear less of Gazidis. I have nothing against the guy, just the club are trying to make him the link between the club hierarchy and the fans and it hasnt worked.

Long Dong Silver
Long Dong Silver

We need to show some ambition and sign John Terry as our embassador instead because he is ‘Premier League proven’ and adds to our English core.

Eiregun

Is this another wind up arseblog, this site is like a rollercoster all the up and downs hopefully were on the up now

fabreggaerse
fabreggaerse

I’ve got a good feeling. More PMA guys. Enough negativity.

progman07
progman07

People should read it focused, he basically says that we do have more money now, and it’s all down to Wenger to decide how it is spent.

If we don’t spend money, it won’t the the board’s fault, especially not Kroneke’s fault (I know, I know, he is so easy to blame), but Wenger’s own decision.

In the end, of course the only thing that matters is our performances during the season, so if Wenger manages that without big signings I’m all for it, but we probably could do with a marquee signing to be honest – hopefully Wenger isn’t afraid to do just that.

wengersauce
wengersauce

Money blah blah transfer blah blah by blah buy buy blah buy blah

Jagger
Jagger

People may not realise what a monumental change the club has undergone in the last decade or so. Wenger, the board and the high level staff have carefully planned and thought through these years on how to give the club immortality. Five to ten years from now, the likes of Chelsea, Man City and PSG will wane due to their unsustainable financial model, but the hard work put down by Wenger and his team will endure.

Sure everything has not gone to plan: there were several years in which trophies were expected as the squad matured (the players’ responsibility), but the visibility of the club has not fallen. If, in the next few years, the management manages to get the club to Man U levels of revenue and on field success, then I feel that apologies are in order.

Gandalf's Kebab
Gandalf's Kebab

“There is no philosophical line in the sand and I suspect that he would pay £25m for Lionel Messi.”

Sigh
Sigh

Q: It’s very clear that fans want big names, big players, will you be signing them?

IG: If Arsene thinks that’s the right thing to do, yes.

Q: What do you think fans want to see?

IG: “I think fans want to see a real form of progression. I think they want to see good players being added to the team. But I think it’s important that whatever happens in the summer that it is only relevant when we start playing in August if the team is better and is performing better. Obviously always want to see big name players and sometimes they can be the critical ingredient but sometimes the critical ingredients are a little bit more complex than just that as well. There are lot of ways in which on field performance can be developed and it’s not actually all about making new signings

Q: Is there a recognition from you and Arsene that maybe that needs to be done?

IG:…That could be players that are big-name players. But it also might not be.

Q: Well, for example, £25million and £200,000 a week?

IG:…For Arsene, it’s a question of getting the right players, the ones he believes in, not necessarily the players the fans want. He’s very disciplined about his beliefs and how he wants to structure a team

Q: What about financially?

IG:…Teams will have to live within those constraints. I can’t foresee exactly what the transfer window will be. What I can tell you is that I believe that we will have a team next season that is more capable than the team we have had this season…

Q: There must be a need to get the right players in now?

IG: “We’ve got an important opportunity. We’ve got the right guy in charge to make those decisions, but you can never guarantee things will work out the way you want in football.

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So I ask, from the above excerpts, where is this so called perceived pressure on Wenger to spend on top quality or any indication that there will be a significant departure from recent transfer activity?

If anything it appears Gazidis was delivering a preemptive strike regarding inevitable fan disappointment for this summer’s transfer moves.

Dd I miss something in that interview that indicated other wise?

Bodom After Midnight
Bodom After Midnight

Spot on. Its all bullshit from the slimy one.

Long Dong Silver
Long Dong Silver

It’s not bullshit. This is why fans like you get disappointed. He’s telling you the truth and it is not pretty. He says we have money but it is Wenger’s choice if he spends it or not. Has he said that the club will bring in big name players? No. Did he say we will break the bank? No. Did he say it as down to Wenger? Yes.

Long Dong Silver
Long Dong Silver

He’s not going to sit there and say ‘fuck off, we are’nt signing anyone’ is he? It makes the club look bad to both the fans, media and any potential sponsors.

Jasonissimo
Jasonissimo

Did he say we wouldn’t? No.

Glasgow Gunner
Glasgow Gunner

To be fair to Ivan he did say we can’t win the league without seeing improvement. That’s should be counted as a form of pressure on the manager to do something.

Glasgow Gunner
Glasgow Gunner

….Assuming that winning the premier league title is a genuine goal and not just a strategy in avoiding conflict.

Pretentious git
Pretentious git

“What excites Arsene isn’t necessarily what excites you”

I always knew he was into the freaky stuff, the sly bastard.

Eiregun

Back to the future 4, they use a cannon to fire us back to the invincibles, but it will not be back then, it will be in the present moment time to make new history again gunners

Jack
Jack

Arsenal like other teams sell their souls by having Emirates as a sponsor etc.-how pathetic.
Are ManCity and Chelsea worse-yes.

Bayern Munich have mostly Bavarian and German players and always a German sponsor on their shirt and Stadium. Their youth system is outstanding for Club and country.

I do like Wilshire on Arsenal. An Englishman.-Wow!

eleanor
eleanor

You can’t have “mostly Bavarian AND German” players unless both statements are true and clearly they are not.

As for the side that won the CL? Dante, Ribery, Javi Martinez, Mandzukic, Robben, Alaba (again with the Anschluss perhaps?)

And how exactly is having ‘Emirates’ sponsorship any more Faustian than Coca-Cola, Samsung, Lego, or Burger King?

Is this all about German nationalism? Or anti-Gulf money? Or just about you being a dick?

Exiledgooner
Exiledgooner

I’d love for us to be sponsored by Lego. We already have a working relationship with them, viz. Arteta’s hair, so it’d be nice to kick it up a notch.

eleanor
eleanor

Some people have such poor memories. Some may even have no memory at all.

Prior to Arsene Wenger arriving at the club we were nothing like the club we are today. We were among the second tier clubs in European football, and domestically we’d won the league three times in the previous 26 years.

Then everything changed. And we started winning stuff and competing for stuff in a way the club had never seen before.

Now look at us. We really are one of the world’s great clubs with one of the world’s great stadiums and with one of football’s great managers.

Forbes (2013) has us 4th (behind RM, MU, and B) and Deloitte’s has us 6th (behind BM and C also).

However you look at it, we’re huge.

We may not yet have the European history of an Ajax or a Nottingham Forest or a Hamburg. But those were different times. And for some of those clubs that was ‘as good as it gets’.

The opposite is true of us. For us the future really is just starting.

Arsenal1886
Arsenal1886

Prior to Arsene Wenger joining the club we were the second most successful team in English football history after Liverpool. Now we are third with Man U leap frogging us due to that freak of nature Ferguson. We are the only club never to be relegated from the top flight. We have also won 3 league titles in a row. We were a great club prior to Wenger coming so please do not degrade our history in order to support him. Go and read our History. Compare the 1930s to Wengers reign. It is equally as good, I would say better as he has never been able to retain the title.

Johnny Jensen's Bender
Johnny Jensen's Bender

‘For us the future really is just starting’

Exactly! Too much short sightedness

rangooner
rangooner

“There are lot of ways in which on field performance can be developed and it’s not actually all about making new signings”

can’t wait to see the technology in these new puma kits…

Humpty Dumpty
Humpty Dumpty

You lot actually seem happy that you’re reportedly spending 22 mil on fellaini?! I’m a spurs fan and I wouldn’t even put him in your starting 11 for free!

jason
jason

A filthy Spud fan is on the site.

their likes rats crawling out of the woodwork.

You missed your one and only chance to finish above us you’ll regret that forever.

Merlin's Panini
Merlin's Panini

Fool. Fellaini would walk into your rubbish midfield. You’re a one man team and when you lose that one man within the next two years you’re screwed again.
For us Fellaini would bring us a tough tackling midfielder who’s good on the ball, good in the air and not afraid to shoot. Whether he would start or not (which he most likely would if we got him) doesn’t matter as he would add another dimension to our game. I’d love a player of his quality at Arsenal. Don’t tell us what we need. Concentrate on your own terrible team.

Jasonissimo
Jasonissimo

For who would he come in, you think? Serious question… I think Ramsey. Push Cazorla wide on the left and play Wilshire/Arteta/Fellaini. Diaby and Ramsey on the bench with Rosicky.

Anyway, I’d put him in the starting eleven.

Merlin's Panini
Merlin's Panini

that could be an option yes.
I think I would prefer Fellaini as a defensive midfielder with license to come forward, alongside Arteta or Ramsey who could cover him when he gets forward. It would also allow Arteta the chance to show the more creative side of his game as he wouldn’t have to be as disciplined. Having played together at Everton, they will know eachother’s game too.
We could either play Cazorla or Wilshire in the playmaker role and Podolski or Cazorla on the left.
This is all hypothetical though as we’re not guaranteed to sign him and it may all be newspaper bullshit that we’re interested anyway. I have always enjoyed watching Fellaini though.

TeeCee
TeeCee

Yes of course you’d know best.
Remind me again, when was the last time you finished above us in the league….?

AFCEdwards
AFCEdwards

I’m sure YOU wouldn’t put him in our starting eleven. You certainly wouldn’t pay to do it.

2013-2014 = 2003-2004!!!
2013-2014 = 2003-2004!!!

Humpty Dumpty fall off the wall FFS! What you doing here anyways?

Or… are you tired/disillusioned from reading depressing news such as “AVB is looking to strengthen the Tottenham Hotspurs squad in search of Champions League qualification by scouting WEST BROM players!”?

SG_Gooner
SG_Gooner

There was a time this site had rational discussions in the comments section. All I read nowadays is bunch of moaners who think of themselves as the best managers for Arsenal. As someone mentioned if Wenger would have listened to these media shepherded sheep, we would have Samba and his ilk around in our club. Arsene is not a God, he is not infallible, he has made mistakes but atleast he has kept sight of the final destination unlike most pundits and lot of fans.

Sometimes reading comments here makes me feel like I am at Le Grove minus the racist and xenophobic posts. We are busy slating Gazidis for trying to explain the club stance about new signings. What do you expect him to do? Of course, he won’t pressure Wenger. You think Wenger would stay if commercial people decide to interfere in signings of players?

All Gazidis is saying is that the club has faith in Wenger to make his team competitive for titles and they are backing him with money. We need good players to win titles (world class is debatable) not necessarily big money signings. Last season, was the first in a long time where we finally played like a TEAM near the end. We need to add depth and Wenger will add. He will also miss out on some players but every club goes through that. City missed on RVP, Man U missed on the Brazilian kid who went to PSG. Wenger believes in long term progression and he has stuck to his guns despite fan pressure. I sure am glad he did. In our instant gratification society, we moan about how football is so delinked from society and how footballers are earning insane salaries but we then come here and moan why Wenger doesn’t pay £200k a week to players like Rooney.

Anaekwe Patrick
Anaekwe Patrick

Gazidis is a top top politcian who establishes himself in the act of playing with words, who enjoys himself toying with gullible Arsenal Fans. Believe him, believe anything.

dd
dd

Ivan just says that we’ve got more money to spend but also says we won’t be competing with oil/mafia clubs. Man City have signed a Top player in Fernandinho and a winger already and he is talking riddles about things not settling down in the market.

No Top players left at the club to sell and one or two nww additions…so another battle for fourth next season in my view

Bucks
Bucks

A top player like Fernandinho? Alright be honest with me, how much attention have you given him before City signed him?

The Ox, The Ram, Willy and Wally
The Ox, The Ram, Willy and Wally

Dude, they reportedly spent £30 million on him. There’s no way we could compete with that yet, and if we were to spend that kind of money, I would hope it would be on a better player in Fernandinho. They’ve also given themselves a problem, in that one or two of Javi Garcia, Rodwell, Yaya, Barry might have to be sold as they’re really crammed in mf.

Also, does anyone know how spending the kind of money they are spending fits into the new FFP? Or is it just a load of old bollocks?

Long Dong Silver
Long Dong Silver

It’s probably old bollocks. We have to concentrate on our own revenue and use that to compete. Bayern have done it and we need to follow their model. That starts with trimming the fat.

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Skeptical Gunner
Skeptical Gunner

Forgive me if I don’t exactly put stock in Ivan’s words

I feel like we’ve been told a similar story before, until I see these words acted upon and the requisite ambition shown, they will remain empty

Fellani is the rumour today eh, would be a great signing for CDM

49eatthat
49eatthat

I think some of us have to take out thumbs out of our asses and us these round things on our bodies that God was kind enough to fill with more content than most animals were lucky to have. Gs gooner puts it wonderfully and since we all know that the finance are finally here let’s see what wenger does with them instead of bashing both him and Gazidis. Ask yourself do you think just because the like of man city won a title just a year ago that most don’t cream in there pants at the prospect of being related to the likes of arsenal one day. Wenger isn’t going no way and honesty neither would most of want him too so let us see what happens because there seems to be a light appearing at what has been a very dark tunnel.

Tomas
Tomas

Anyone who thinks there’s some kind of pressure on Wenger from Gazidis to win or spend big must wake the fu.k up. Wenger is the most powerful manager in football, with total control over all football related matters, and that’s just how Gazidis likes it. That’s why Wenger isn’t going anywhere regardless if he wins trophies or not . Jose Morinho had it right ,when he said there was no pressure on Wenger to win unlike at Real or Bayern. Speaking of which, Arsenal will never be like Bayern , who have former greats at every level of management . Ex – players like Rummenigge , Hoeness and others who played and won at highest levels of domestic and international competition. People who know football inside and out unlike Gazidis who is primerly a marketing guy .

Yavor
Yavor

A little less conversation, a little more ACTION, please!!!

South African Gooner
South African Gooner

We can read all these articles and read between the lines all we want. But for me something feels different this year. I read these with a certain level of doubt because every year we go into the transfer market with a level of damage control because our best players are leaving but this year noone is leaving and i just have a feeling it’ll be different this year. i think we will make the signing to compete and who is to say in 3 or 4 years we won’t be like Byern?

i’m excited for the new season!!

TGSTEL
TGSTEL

When asked by reporters if meeting a transfer fee of some £20million and £200,000-per-week salary was now within the club’s budget, the chief executive added: “Of course we could do that. We could do more than that.

“We have a certain amount which we have held in reserve.

“We also have new revenue streams coming on board and all of these things mean we can do some things which would excite you, (but) what excites Arsene isn’t necessarily what excites you.”

Gazidis believes Arsenal’s careful commercial strategy will ultimately prove dividends on the pitch.

“This year we are beginning to see something we have been planning for some time, which is the escalation in our financial firepower,” he said.

“That is going to happen partly into next season, it is part way available now in the summer, but the following season as well.

“It is a progression over the next two seasons and is quite significant for the club.”

Blah, blah,blah, what a crock of shit! Lets be honest that Yaya dude is the SIGNING, i won’t be deluded, here’s to scrapping for fourth again next season *sigh*……

Fatgooner
Fatgooner

This is just the usual summer bullshit, designed to boost season ticket sales. As somebody on this page has already said, if you are going to do something then just get on with it and stop talking about it.

But I’ll tell you what’s really going to happen: Wenger will make three 10 million quid signings from French football then tell us that: “we have enough now”.

Enough to finish fourth again next season.

LA
LA

Jam tomorrow….

Iceman
Iceman

I know why some of you are pissed at what Gazidis is saying. And its true that he has been harping on about how we have money to spend and how its going to be a whole different summer ahead. But the fact that we havnt got close to winning a trophy over the last 8 years is not particularly because we didnt spend. But more to do with the fact we couldnt keep a core group of players. This summer is mighty different from the summers gone by because this time we are unlikely to be embroiled in any will he / wont he transfer saga. Since Viera left we ve had some key departures each summer. And Arsene did not let on about the state of our financial clout but that seems to have changed drastically now. This is one of the most important if not the most important season in Arsene’s reign. He has one year left, and this is what is going to make him or break him as the best we ve had. This time it feels different. The optimism. Maybe we wont be signing 50 millions worth of players. But as long as we compete for honours and give it a right good go I wont be ashamed. And I do believe this group of players has got it. Cmon Arsenal!.

Bodom After Midnight
Bodom After Midnight

Completely of topic but please Blogs can you have a real go, in your blog tomorrow, at that stupid fucking neanderthal Stuart Pearce. Let your creative juices flow like never before.

http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/sport/football/4958644/Theo-Walcotts-England-career-has-gone-to-waste-says-Stuart-Pearce.html

He doesn’t deserve the attention but it would make my day. If he just could learn how to read til tomorrow so he understand how detested he is….

davonz
davonz

Ivan said our failure to win trophies is because of our finances going into the stadium build. Losing to Bradford for example was because of the installation of two extra water coolers on the 6th level of section 10. Now with more finance we can be “stronger” and more “competitive”. Disturbingly he stopped short of saying we “will” win titles and added that no matter what Arsenal spend Chelsea and Citeh will spend double. So if our success is tied to our financial strength relative to our main competitors then one assumes Ivan is hinting that we need to temper our aspirations accordingly. Promisingly he did say we can afford Rooney and pay 200k a week but balanced that by saying “Arsene would pay 25 million pound for Messi”. For Messi!!! Barca will be unable to resist this 25 mill bid. Mentioning Arsenal in the same breath as Bayern Munich is great but until we win the Premiership – Champions league double we should be compared to a club like Tottenham Hotspurs. Ivan did clarify his comment by saying that Arsenal is not quite at the Bayern level yet, which came as a real shock to me. So in short Ivan spoke a lot but said very little that was new. We will be stronger this coming season. But how much stronger? Strong enough to win the EPL and Champions league or strong enough to keep Spurs at bay one more time? May be we should just wait till we hear back from Barca.

Long Dong Silver
Long Dong Silver

I agree about the lack of ambition etc. but people need to stop crying about the Bradford and Blackburn losses as if they happen every week. They were terrible but they were anomalies.

Arsenal1886
Arsenal1886

yes an anomaly like the Birmingham loss as well. That’s 3 major anomalies in 3 years. Starting to look like a normality.

Long Dong Silver
Long Dong Silver

The spin people put on it is that our squad is unable to compete with Championship clubs. It’s simply not true.

davonz
davonz

Mind you failure to win the FA Cup and League cup let alone the EPL or ECL has become an annoying 8 year anomaly its now a ‘normaly 🙂

jason
jason

I bet you all we will be competing next season.

And my prediction is Spurs will hardly be mentioned next season, their no threat anymore.

I find this is the most we have ever spoke about tottenham and iv been on many blogs before this one normally their just mid table and nobody can be bothered to acknowledge them.

edwardgibbon
edwardgibbon

The players Wenger believes in not the ones fans want.Mmm. Euphemism for 2nd rate players that are compatible with business plan. Seems Arsenal dont have a footballing compulsion to occupy the top of the podium but a business objective that puts lucre before silverware. Its such a pity. Gunner’s fans deserve so much more.