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Ivan Gazidis

Post by Mr. Wenger » 7. Nov. 2014 10:25

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Der er til tider diskussion om Ivan Gazidis, så jeg synes han fortjener sin egen tråd. Ikke mindst fordi han netop er blevet hædret som bedste CEO i PL af de andre CEO's i ligaen.

Jeg synes, at Gazidis har gjort det rigtig godt i sin periode i Arsenal ved at forretningen Arsenal FC er i klar fremgang. De realiserede indtægter er stigende og man fornemmer, at der løbende bliver investeret med henblik på at øge det langsigtede potentiale for klubben. Gazidis' svendestykke har været at styrke det kommercielle forretningsområde som planlagt, hvilket har resulteret i et stigende antal partnere og nye flotte aftaler med Emirates og Puma. Det kan diskuteres hvordan billetprisstrukturen bør være mest optimal ift. at sikre høj indtjening uden at det går udover passionen fra fans, men ud fra et bussinessperspektiv kan den nuværende model godt forsvares. Kort sagt, så er jeg meget tilfreds med Gazidis og jeg synes, at den ikke-sportslige fremtid i Arsenal ser meget lys ud.

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Re: Ivan Gazidis

Post by Nico_gooner » 7. Nov. 2014 21:22

Kommercielt har han været en succes, sponsor aftalerne med Emirates og Puma bugner godt i klubkassen. Men det skal dog siges at en stor del af æren også skal tilfalde Tom Fox, som nu er CEO i Aston Villa. Han er dygtigt set udfra et forretningssynspunkt, men som det er blevet sagt før. Så virker han som om at han har så stor respekt overfor Wenger, at han ikke rigtigt giver ham noget modspil. Hvilket man generelt kan sige om hele ledelsen. Wenger var bedst da han havde Dein ved sin sidde, når der var en der gav ham modspil og som pressede ham. Man kunne godt ænske sig at Gazidis havde haft en fortid som proffesionel spiller, så han måske havde lidt mere fokus på det at vinde. Ser man på ledelsen i en klub som Bayern, så er den fyldt med tidligere topspillere. Der skal man bare vinde, og man har fuldt fokus på det. Men på samme tid er klubben en fremragende forretning. Det skyldes specielt Uli Höeness, som er en mand jeg slet ikke kan fordrage, men han er om nogen manden bag Bayerns succes. Han havde både fokus på det kommercielle og det sportslige, men han byggede også klubben op gennem årtier(jeg kan anbefale at man finder ZDF's dokumentar om Bayern, så får man en andet billede af klubben). Men det jeg vil sige med det er at måske det ville være en god ide at hente nogen ind i ledelsen med den sportslige baggrund. Nogen som kan give Gazidis og Wenger noget modspil i forhold til det sportslige, fordi rent forretningsmæssigt er Ivan den rigtige mand.

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Re: Ivan Gazidis

Post by Mr. Wenger » 9. Nov. 2014 12:03

Nico_gooner wrote:Wenger var bedst da han havde Dein ved sin sidde, når der var en der gav ham modspil og som pressede ham. Man kunne godt ænske sig at Gazidis havde haft en fortid som proffesionel spiller, så han måske havde lidt mere fokus på det at vinde.
Jeg er enig i, at der har manglet en mand med David Deins kompetencer siden han forlod klubben i 2007. Men det er ikke et ansvarsområdeområde der bør placeres hos en CEO. Dein var næstformand i den tid han sparrede med Wenger, men jeg mener det sportslige ansvar bør placeres i en rolle som en sportsdirektør/teknisk direktør, da bestyrelsesmedlemmer ikke bør være involveret i den almindelig drift i den grad som Dein var.

Mit bud på en ny organisation i den sportslige sektor:
Sportsdirektør: Rapportere til CEO og er ansvarlig for det sportslige set-up: Managers/trænere/stab i 1. holdstruppen, transfers og kontrakter.
Manager: Rapportere til sportsdirektøren og er ansvarlig for de sportslige resultater. Indgår i tæt dialog med sportsdirektøren om sammensætningen af spillertrup og stab samt udvikling af spillestil.
Scoutchef: Rapportere til sportsdirektøren og er ansvarlig for spillerscouting samt scoutingorganisationen.
Akademidirektør: Rapportere til sportsdirektøren og er ansvarlig for det sportslige set-up fra U9 til reserveholdet: trænere/stab, ungdomskontrakter samt langsigtet strategi for udvikling af akademispillere i samarbejde med sportsdirektøren.

Efter at Andries Jonker blev akademidirektør er der blevet ansat flere hollandske ungdomstrænere. Jeg så gerne, at man forsatte denne trend med udlandske trænere, da de har en langt bedre track record end britiske trænere. Næste skridt kunne være at ansætte Dennis Bergkamp som sportsdirektør og f.eks. Ronald Koeman som Manager. Det er lidt ønsketænkning, men jeg ser det ikke som et urealistisk scenarie.

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Re: Ivan Gazidis

Post by Dennis--G » 9. Nov. 2014 20:37

Så en hollandsk revolution er hvad der skal til? Hvad med vi så også lige hentede RvP hjem?
Ronald Koeman skal have mere ind 11 kampe for Southampton før han er den nye frelser.
Med det sagt er jeg dog ved at miste troen på Wenger, jeg har egentlig altid været en af hans trofaste støtter. Men det er gået op for mig at han har et kort på hånden, som ikke virker. Hans spilfilosofi, om det er Stoke, Chelsea, Barcelona eller MK Dons så spiller vi på samme måde og også gerne med de samme spillere. Fint nok det kan jeg leve med, men hvis man spiller så snæversynet så skal spillet altså fungerer 9 ud af 10 gange når man har et hold, hvor så mange spillere er integreret i klubben igennem mange år og han selv har styret klubben i næsten to årtier.
Det er bare ikke godt nok, hvorfor spiller vi kun hver 10ende kamp efter Wengers filosofi, der er jo tydeligvis noget galt? Men nårrrh ja, når man overanstrenger ALLE spillere så groft man kan ved kun at spille de samme 14 spillere kamp ud og kamp ind så får man jo skader!? Det er da utroligt at en mand, der har været i gamet så længe ikke kan formå at se skriften på væggen.
I mange år har jeg tænkt; 'vi har jo ikke nogle på bænken, der er gode nok alligevel så vi kan jo ikke spare vores spillere'. Men nu står vi med pengene og mulighederne, vores 6 forreste pladser er i overflod af spillere og vi har 2 af verdens bedste PM, alligevel bruger vi kun en af dem selvom han spiller af pis. Han blev så også skadet fordi han blev overanstrengt og den anden er ikke i form fordi han aldrig spiller, armen det er ko groteskt. Så har vi også en gut, der har været skadet i 9 måneder og alligevel bliver han foretrukket fremfor en hvis spil er betydeligt bedre i regnvejr eftersom stikninger i dybden på våd bane er voldsomt svært, især når vi ikke har PM der er i form!!!!!!!!!

Det værste er jeg kan blive ved, er så skuffet over Wenger.

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Re: Ivan Gazidis

Post by Nico_gooner » 9. Nov. 2014 21:19

Mr. Wenger wrote:
Nico_gooner wrote:Wenger var bedst da han havde Dein ved sin sidde, når der var en der gav ham modspil og som pressede ham. Man kunne godt ænske sig at Gazidis havde haft en fortid som proffesionel spiller, så han måske havde lidt mere fokus på det at vinde.
Jeg er enig i, at der har manglet en mand med David Deins kompetencer siden han forlod klubben i 2007. Men det er ikke et ansvarsområdeområde der bør placeres hos en CEO. Dein var næstformand i den tid han sparrede med Wenger, men jeg mener det sportslige ansvar bør placeres i en rolle som en sportsdirektør/teknisk direktør, da bestyrelsesmedlemmer ikke bør være involveret i den almindelig drift i den grad som Dein var.
Mener nu heller ikke at Gazidis skal til at have Deins gamle rolle. Men jeg havde gerne set at han også var med til at presse Wenger lidt, han er trods alt hans chef. Men generelt så savner jeg som sagt nogen der har lidt erfaring fra fodboldbanen i ledelsen. Nogen der ved hvad det vil sige at vinde på banen, og som ikke kun tænker på at vi skal tjene penge. En sportsdirektør som tør sige Wenger imod og som han kan bruge som sparringspartner. Det ville være helt perfekt.

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Re: Ivan Gazidis

Post by peterdebel » 13. Apr. 2015 10:14

Direktøren er IKKE tilfreds, trods nu 8 sejrer i træk...Det giver han udtryk for i medierne. Grunden til dette er, at konkurrencen for at blive tophold i PL bliver hårdere og hårdere for hvert år, så en topplacering ikke er en selvfølge.

http://www.express.co.uk/sport/football ... py-Arsenal

En kommentar til udmeldingen:

http://paininthearsenal.com/2015/04/12/ ... ls-season/
....Altid noget at brokke sig over når der postes.

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Re: Ivan Gazidis

Post by araAFC » 13. Apr. 2015 20:01

peterdebel wrote:Direktøren er IKKE tilfreds, trods nu 8 sejrer i træk...Det giver han udtryk for i medierne. Grunden til dette er, at konkurrencen for at blive tophold i PL bliver hårdere og hårdere for hvert år, så en topplacering ikke er en selvfølge.

http://www.express.co.uk/sport/football ... py-Arsenal

En kommentar til udmeldingen:

http://paininthearsenal.com/2015/04/12/ ... ls-season/
Dejlig indstilling. Og rigtig indstilling. Vi skal altid forbedre os.

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Re: Ivan Gazidis

Post by Blastino » 14. Apr. 2015 0:40

araAFC wrote:
peterdebel wrote:Direktøren er IKKE tilfreds, trods nu 8 sejrer i træk...Det giver han udtryk for i medierne. Grunden til dette er, at konkurrencen for at blive tophold i PL bliver hårdere og hårdere for hvert år, så en topplacering ikke er en selvfølge.

http://www.express.co.uk/sport/football ... py-Arsenal

En kommentar til udmeldingen:

http://paininthearsenal.com/2015/04/12/ ... ls-season/
Dejlig indstilling. Og rigtig indstilling. Vi skal altid forbedre os.
Enig. Synes det er en forfriskende udmelding. Selvom vi bliver nr. 2 og vinder FA cuppen, så skal der forbedringer på bordet. Vi SKAL kunne spille godt og stabilt i en HEL sæson samt møde op til det første opgør i knock-out kampene i ChL.
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Re: Ivan Gazidis

Post by johanlowe » 19. Jun. 2017 23:58

I tråd med Ivan Gazidis udtalelser omkring ændringer i Arsenal's setup i April, er de første ændringer så småt ved at se dagens lys:

New legal expert, Huss Fahmy, hentes angiveligt ind fra Team Sky for at assistere Wenger, samt styrke klubbens position ved kontraktforhandlinger:
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/football/201 ... al-expert/

Derudover hentes tidligere Liverpool head of fitness, Darren Burgess, ind som ny director of high performance:
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/football/201 ... -director/

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Re: Ivan Gazidis

Post by peterdebel » 20. Jun. 2017 6:28

johanlowe wrote:Derudover hentes tidligere Liverpool head of fitness, Darren Burgess, ind som ny director of high performance:
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/football/201 ... -director/
Spændende at se hvad australieren kan gøre..

"However, the opportunity to return to the English Premier League and work at one of the world's most successful sporting organisations in Arsenal is an opportunity I simply couldn't refuse. I get the
responsibility over medical, psychology and performance analysis as well as other areas"
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Re: Ivan Gazidis

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johanlowe wrote:I tråd med Ivan Gazidis udtalelser omkring ændringer i Arsenal's setup i April, er de første ændringer så småt ved at se dagens lys:

New legal expert, Huss Fahmy, hentes angiveligt ind fra Team Sky for at assistere Wenger, samt styrke klubbens position ved kontraktforhandlinger:
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/football/201 ... al-expert/

Derudover hentes tidligere Liverpool head of fitness, Darren Burgess, ind som ny director of high performance:
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/football/201 ... -director/
Catalyst for change indeed. Hahaha
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Re: Ivan Gazidis

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Kejser wrote:
johanlowe wrote:I tråd med Ivan Gazidis udtalelser omkring ændringer i Arsenal's setup i April, er de første ændringer så småt ved at se dagens lys:

New legal expert, Huss Fahmy, hentes angiveligt ind fra Team Sky for at assistere Wenger, samt styrke klubbens position ved kontraktforhandlinger:
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/football/201 ... al-expert/

Derudover hentes tidligere Liverpool head of fitness, Darren Burgess, ind som ny director of high performance:
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/football/201 ... -director/
Catalyst for change indeed. Hahaha
Forstår ikke formålet med dit indlæg. Går ud fra det er forsøg på at latterliggøre at klubben rent faktisk prøvet at ændre i sin struktur. Vi slutter for første gang udenfor top 4 i 21 år og derfor ændres strukturen. Gad vide hvis Tottenham og Liverpool skulle gøre det hver gang de ikke sluttede i top 4 eller ikke vandt et trofæ... så kan det godt være de synger "Wenger we want you to stay", men deres succes har været mindst ligeså begrænset. At skifte træneren eller ansatte en sportsdirektør, er altså IKKE ens betydende med trofæer og succes. For hver gang en Conte vinder et PL, så er der en Pochettino, Klopp og Guardiola som ikke vinder noget.

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Re: Ivan Gazidis

Post by Wengers globalisering » 21. Jun. 2017 4:41

johanlowe wrote:
Kejser wrote:
johanlowe wrote:I tråd med Ivan Gazidis udtalelser omkring ændringer i Arsenal's setup i April, er de første ændringer så småt ved at se dagens lys:

New legal expert, Huss Fahmy, hentes angiveligt ind fra Team Sky for at assistere Wenger, samt styrke klubbens position ved kontraktforhandlinger:
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/football/201 ... al-expert/

Derudover hentes tidligere Liverpool head of fitness, Darren Burgess, ind som ny director of high performance:
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/football/201 ... -director/
Catalyst for change indeed. Hahaha
Forstår ikke formålet med dit indlæg. Går ud fra det er forsøg på at latterliggøre at klubben rent faktisk prøvet at ændre i sin struktur. Vi slutter for første gang udenfor top 4 i 21 år og derfor ændres strukturen. Gad vide hvis Tottenham og Liverpool skulle gøre det hver gang de ikke sluttede i top 4 eller ikke vandt et trofæ... så kan det godt være de synger "Wenger we want you to stay", men deres succes har været mindst ligeså begrænset. At skifte træneren eller ansatte en sportsdirektør, er altså IKKE ens betydende med trofæer og succes. For hver gang en Conte vinder et PL, så er der en Pochettino, Klopp og Guardiola som ikke vinder noget.
Jeg vil gætte på han at synes det er nogle ligegyldige ændringer. Det kommer ikke en sportsdirektør, der forlænget med den fysisketræner og målmandstræneren. Dick Law render stadig rundt i klubben(hvad laver han egentlig). Wenger har stadig 5 forskellige hatte(manager, træner, forhandler, spejder og dagligledelse).
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Re: Ivan Gazidis

Post by Kejser » 22. Jun. 2017 21:07

johanlowe wrote:
Kejser wrote:
johanlowe wrote:I tråd med Ivan Gazidis udtalelser omkring ændringer i Arsenal's setup i April, er de første ændringer så småt ved at se dagens lys:

New legal expert, Huss Fahmy, hentes angiveligt ind fra Team Sky for at assistere Wenger, samt styrke klubbens position ved kontraktforhandlinger:
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/football/201 ... al-expert/

Derudover hentes tidligere Liverpool head of fitness, Darren Burgess, ind som ny director of high performance:
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/football/201 ... -director/
Catalyst for change indeed. Hahaha
Forstår ikke formålet med dit indlæg. Går ud fra det er forsøg på at latterliggøre at klubben rent faktisk prøvet at ændre i sin struktur. Vi slutter for første gang udenfor top 4 i 21 år og derfor ændres strukturen. Gad vide hvis Tottenham og Liverpool skulle gøre det hver gang de ikke sluttede i top 4 eller ikke vandt et trofæ... så kan det godt være de synger "Wenger we want you to stay", men deres succes har været mindst ligeså begrænset. At skifte træneren eller ansatte en sportsdirektør, er altså IKKE ens betydende med trofæer og succes. For hver gang en Conte vinder et PL, så er der en Pochettino, Klopp og Guardiola som ikke vinder noget.
Nej, det var en latter over, at det faktisk bliver udlagt som et forsøg på at ændre i strukturen. Det er en total konsolidering af den alt for store magt, der ligger samlet på én position i klubben. Det er en joke af dimensioner, at klubbens træk for at forberede sig på en tid efter Wenger, alene består af et lettere kosmetisk indgreb. Om to år er klubben lige så fucked, når den skal tage afsked med Wenger, som den var, hvis det var sket nu. Dét er den primære grund til, at afskeden skulle være taget nu, og allerhelst for 3-4 år siden.

P.s. Gazidis må være jordens største vatpik.
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Re: Ivan Gazidis

Post by peterdebel » 30. Jun. 2017 14:56

Grazidis har været i samtale med arseblog til en "Q&A møde" om den forgangne sæson og hans syn på nye indkøb, Arsene Wengers 2 årige aftale, Sæsonens (skuffende) femte plads. Den nye sæson og hvad det indebærer..Tænker at det kunne være rart at høre fra manden selv, så her er hele sessionen fra Arseblog:

Q: How do you see last season?

"It’s difficult to process a season (16/17) like that, because we won a trophy but feel disappointed. Last season we finished second and spent about £110m on transfers. The objective of that spending was to push on and challenge for the title. At the beginning of the season, we started well, lots of people felt we had the most complete squad that we’d had in a long time. We went on a long unbeaten run, though we weren’t playing the most fluent football, but we were finding ways to win games. We were in contention, I think a lot of the fanbase and we were feeling that there were possibilities in the season. We hit a patch which we’re still analysing, where things were really, really bad."

"It was a bit disappointing, we were in the mid-70s for points and our ambition is to win the Premier League and to do that you have to be at least mid-80s, probably upper 80s. So there is a gap. We have to close that gap and that’s not just about spending, although that’s obviously a big part of it."

"So we’ve already signed one of the players of the season from the Bundesliga team of the season last year, we’re very actively in discussions on a variety of different players at the moment. On the squad side, we’re not looking to add more squad depth now, we’re looking at players who can come in and compete for a starting position."

"We want to raise the quality of the starting XI with top quality players, we feel we have good squad depth. There have been other appointments behind the scenes and there will be more as the summer plays out, which you’ll see if you pay very close attention. Some of it is personnel- we’ve added a new contract negotiator, we’ve added a top class performance coach to go with that. These are some of the changes we’ve seen already, you’ll see some others in the weeks ahead. It’s not all personnel, some of it is just the way we do things, can we do things better?"

Q: What about Arsene Wenger's new two-year contract ?

"The first thing to say is that it wasn’t a sentimental decision, the decision was mutual. The decision was made against the ambition to win the Premier League."

"When we think about who might do that, we also consider who embodies the values of the club. Somebody who has a successful track record over a period of time. This job is a massive responsibility and we need someone who can carry the weight of that and has the experience to carry the weight of that.We wanted somebody that plays attractive, exciting football that people want to watch. Giving young players a chance is another one of the values of the club. Sometimes that costs us in points, but the emotional investment we all feel in watching a player’s journey with the club is an important part of what we want to have at Arsenal."

"So those are the qualities you look for in a manager and you look around the world and there are some fantastic coaches and maybe some of those would be interested in coming to this fantastic football club. One day a new coach will come here and take advantage of those opportunities. But when the board is looking for those qualities, we are looking at the man across the table."

"We understand there is disagreement in that amongst the fanbase, but the board has to make decisions focused on what it the right decision and not what’s the popular decision. We will all be judged on what the club is able to deliver and we are very conscious of that."

Q: Why was there such a lack of effort in so many games, particularly away from home?

IG: "I’ve been in professional football now for over 20 years. I think what I have learned is that what goes into a performance can sometimes be a little deceptive in how it appears. I’m always cautious about making judgements about desire and passion. Sometimes it is down to confidence, sometimes nerves and wanting to win too much, sometimes it’s just tactical."

"Sometimes it can be lack of desire. It’s a very delicate combination of all of those things. When confidence starts suffering, it is very difficult to recapture. When we were at a low point, Arsene took a risk in going to the new system. I can’t honestly tell you the system solved all of our issues, but it gave the players something new to concentrate on."

Q: In over 50 years I don’t remember such a period of stagnation and the matchday experience is probably the worst I have ever known it.

IG:"I don’t think you’re alone in that feeling and it doesn’t make me proud or happy to acknowledge that, but I have to. We have a lack of unity and some dissatisfaction. We have done a lot of things over the last 4 or 5 years to push the club forward. Club run on values we’re proud of, etc, etc, etc."

"I want to deliver trophies to you and also a sense of pride in what this club does and how it does it. There is an enormous amount about this club to be very proud of. I don’t think there are many Arsenal fans attracted to a vision where we have to be thankful to somebody who is pushing money into the club. Most Arsenal fans are proud of the way that we run this club but have fear about whether we can be successful. But I am optimistic. I think this challenge of standing on our own two feet in the world of football gives us strength and not weakness."

"The reason I am optimistic is that we’re not dependent on any one person for our success. I want the atmosphere in this stadium to be united, to be together and I want for us to get behind the team.That we haven’t had that togetherness is a real regret for me. Part of that is to do with modern football generally, part of that is to do with a new media environment we’re in which pushes dissatisfaction, there would’ve been many years where we would have sat here with three FA Cups in four years and felt pretty good about life, but we are not right now. But part of it is failure on our part and we have to be honest about that and we have to work out what those failures are, so we can re-engage with our fans and make them feel pride in this football club again."

Q: Why haven’t we heard about Kroenke’s ambition to win the league for the last seven years? All he has done is take money out of the club. His only aim is to make money. And now we reward Mr. Wenger’s failure with a two-year deal.

IG: I have to say, I don’t really understand the argument that Stan Kroenke is only in it for money. This is going to be more productive if you listen to what I have to say! All Mr Kroenke has done is support us to make us the best football club we can be. If he was only here to make money, he doesn’t take a revenue stream out of the club, the best way to raise the value of the club is success and trophies.

He hasn’t put any debt on the football club, he wanted us to go out and spend the money we generated from new commercial deals on the squad, which we did. We finished second in the league and we spent £110m.

Someone asked about the fee he took from the club, let’s examine that. KSE is one of the most high profile, respected sports companies in the world. The expertise varies greatly from ticketing to digital media, to sports marketing and sponsorships. We have been using the services of that company and why wouldn’t we? Stan Kroenke never asked for payment for that, why would he? He owns 100% of KSE and two-thirds of Arsenal. £2 of every £3 is going from one pocket to the other, so it’s immaterial to him.

A couple of years went by, people were upset about it and Stan, who always comes to the annual general meetings, saw that and said, “Look, I don’t want to get involved in that. I’ll just waive that fee and my company will pay those services for free.”

The idea that he would invest millions of pounds a year to make £1m a year is preposterous. The reason Stan gets criticised is, in my view, a bit like kicking the dog, is because results on the field are not what we want.Some people want an oligarch owner that puts money into the club and I understand that, because that’s the environment we are competing in, that’s an attractive solution. But nobody has ever been held back by Stan Kroenke, he has been nothing but supportive in terms of reinvesting all the money the club generates back into the football side.

If you think it’s all about money and, by the way, he hasn’t sold his shares, so that doesn’t seem to make sense. If it’s all about money, there are far easier, more secure investments than a football club.

Q: Why was Wenger only given a two-year deal, rather than three?

IG: We did have some amazing moments this season and we finished on a high with a trophy that, for me, is very important and it’s very important to the history of this football club. I will say it’s a disappointing season, but I do take pride in it as well.


Q: If you take one thing away from tonight Ivan, think seriously about the divide in the fanbase. We need someone on the board like David Dein, who has a connection between the club and the fans. Someone who bleeds Arsenal.

IG: It’s very unusual for a new owner to come into a new football club and keep hold of a board who he has had no prior association with. Chips Keswick has been an Arsenal fan his whole life, Lord Harris his whole life, Ken Friar his whole life too.

I think what we haven’t done well is to communicate the love that those people, and by the way, me, have for Arsenal. We need to do a better job of that. But yes, I think our board does need to be refreshed, we do need a better connection with the fans. I don’t take your comments lightly, I do listen and I do take them seriously.

Q: Can you say, hand on heart, that the board were unanimous in the decision to award Arsene Wenger a new contract, before and after the decision was made?

IG: Uh, we, urmmmm…. The way that the contract decision was made, was the chairman made a statement during the season that a mutual decision would be made at the end of the season. Both on Arsene’s side and the board’s side, we both had to feel that this was the right decision.

That required a lot of thought and some quite detailed conversation, both through the board and Arsene. I have never spoken about board discussions and I don’t intend to do that now. What I will say is that the board acted with unity and the board is 100% doing everything it can to make sure that this decision will be successful.

Q: Should the decision have been made sooner?

IG: The board and Arsene really wanted to take some time to think about whether it was the right decision. The decision could have been made sooner, but I’m not sure it would’ve been appreciated by the way. We wanted to do it maturely with the right amount of reflection. Was it the exact right time? I don’t know how to answer that.

Q: I wanted to ask about the deal with Boreham Wood for the reserves and why we have to pay when the reserves play at the Emirates, when we don’t have to at Boreham Wood?

IG: We thought about a variety of different things we could do to have the best possible facilities for our youth, reserves and our women’s team. The pitch is being relaid with a Desso surface, which is the same specification as here at the Emirates.

There is other work going on within the stadium too, a new stand, new floodlights. It is going to be a top class facility. With respect to the reserve games we have at the stadium, it is not a revenue generator.

Q: Your hopes for the season ahead.

IG: There is an awful lot going on, we’re only four weeks from the end of last season. You’ll see the product of some of that work soon, some on the player front, some will be behind the scenes. All of that work is geared towards getting from 75 points to 85 and more, to win the Premier League.

We want to generate some of the pride that I am ashamed to say many of you are not feeling. The goal is to win things and add to the history of this football club. The people that work here care about this football club, we do and we want it to be successful.
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