Ivan says decision made on Robin Van Persie Arsenal future

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Pat Rice was furious when he realised who had nicked his bins

… and we’re back, starting our week on a Wednesday. I wish all weeks started like this.

This evening I have the pleasure of attending an Ask Ivan Q&A with the AST. This year he’s not taking open questions from the floor so he can research the topics and give better answers.

What? That’s perfectly plausible?

To be honest, I shouldn’t pick holes in the evening. Not many CEO’s arse themselves with things like fan forums so we should be grateful. Hopefully he’ll take a few curve ball questions from the floor, but even if he doesn’t, these are the topics he’s promised to cover off.

Those key themes are:

  • The club’s footballing expectations for this coming season, 2012/2013, and whether qualifying for the Champions League is the extent of the club’s ambitions
  •  The new Elite Player Performance Plans being introduced and what this will mean for youth development at Arsenal
  •  The future of the Arsenal Fanshare scheme and club support to promote continued plurality in the ownership through supporter shareholders
  •  What progress Ivan Gazidis feels has been made in his first three years at the club and an update on the club’s five year strategic plan
  • What lessons have been learned from last summer’s transfer window to make sure things go more smoothly and successfully this year, and the position regarding Robin van Persie
  • How the club will drive commercial income aggressively in the short term given the long-terms tie-ins on stadium naming, kit rights and shirt sponsorship and the need for more tertiary and overseas deals
  • The club’s view of Financial Fair Play regulations and what plans we have should they have little impact
  • Given that Arsenal now has two billionaire investors owning over 96% of the club, is there a case for them investing funds to put us on a competitive footing before FFP starts to bite?
  • Arsène Wenger’s statement that he does not intend to do much business in the transfer market this summer and a feeling from many AST members that the team needs further strengthening. Can the Board reassure supporters that there are funds to invest?
  • The club’s wage structure and whether it is hindering Arsenal’s chances of success by not being spent efficiently
  • How many more shares Red & White holdings need to obtain before they have access to the full accounts and why won’t the Arsenal Board at the very least engage in dialogue with Mr Usmanov and Red and White Holdings?

Some pretty meaty topics in there to cover off. My worry is that we sit through and hour of cliched Arsenal PR. That’s kind of what last years was like. My question was the only one that tripped him last year. The rest of his answers were so slick he could be working for Obama.

My questions would definitely be similar to the ones Geoff has posed over the past few days. What exactly has he achieved outside some supreme administration? As far as I can see, the club hasn’t progressed one bit from where it was when he took over. Unless we truly do enjoy bragging about what a slickly run organisation we are when we’re down the pub with our mates?

‘Seriously Dave… our electronic invoicing systems reduced price errors by 32% inside a year, do you realise what that’s done to our bottom line?’

We’ve become progressively worse at striking deals for players we’re interested in (Kagawa, Hazard, Vertonghen), we’ve lost our best players every year and we’ve had an absolute disaster at signing our stars down to long term deals whilst having a hugely succesful run at tying our worst players down to 14 year deals. Like Geoff said yesterday, it’s ok pointing out that we’re an incredibly well club when it comes to outlay on player purchases, but we’re not exactly sensible with the money when it comes to dishing it out to people who don’t deserve it.

If we were a normal company, like say a bank, you’d probably suggest the pay structure was a bit like pigs in a trough. Spending almost exactly our limit of wages regardless of who you’re compensating…

As Ivan knows he might get a rough ride tonight, the club have prepared this little transcript for your viewing pleasure.

On the 2011/12 season…
Ivan Gazidis said: It was a challenging season, we went through a lot of transition in the team with nine new players coming in. We really lost the creative hub of the team for different reasons, with Cesc Fabregas, Samir Nasri and Jack Wilshere so that was a challenge for us going into the season. I think we were under intense pressure at times during the season but I felt that the team and the fans came together at critical times. We have ended the season in third place with guaranteed qualification for next season’s Champions League and that allows us to plan with certainty going into next year.

But none of this is cause for popping champagne corks at Arsenal. We want to win things. So while it is a creditable performance it is not achieving our ambition. What we have to work out this summer is how we can take the Club on and take a step forward. That is what we are working hard on at the moment.

I like the last paragraph, but we’ve heard it so many times before.

On the supporters…
Ivan Gazidis said: Our away fans are magnificent, we have the best away support in the league. Everywhere we go we know we have their backing and that really does make a difference. To have it come together here in a similar kind of way at Emirates Stadium [is great]. It has happened in the past but I think the way it has happened week after week, you felt that this place was becoming a really difficult place for opposition teams to come. Even when we were down a goal with two minutes to go, you always felt like we could get there and our fans had that belief. That is something I would love for us to carry forward into next year.

One for the fans, do you feel the love?

On football ambitions for 2012/13…
Ivan Gazidis said: We want to win major competitions, we want to win the Premier League. We want to compete to win the Champions League and that is our ambition. That is what we are planning for during the course of the summer and everything we do is geared towards that, it is very simple.

Again, so  simple, yet so incomprehensibly difficult for the club to execute. What does it say when you know what you’re supposed to be doing, but you don’t do it?

Developments this summer…
Ivan Gazidis said: I think the good thing about this summer is that there is more certainty in terms of our Champions League position. We have acted early to get the critical signing in Lukas Podolski. Our fans will be able to see him compete at the Euros and see what a very good player he is. The great thing about Lukas is that not only can he contribute goals, but he can also play in different positions so you get tremendous versatility and Arsenal class. He is technically a top-class player and that was a good early addition for us.

I think the way that the window will pan out is with some activity before the Euros, particularly with respect to the European players who are playing, the quieter period while the Euros are actually taking place and then a period of activity afterwards. We always try and conduct our activity as early as we can, everybody wants to do that. But I would say an even bigger overriding priority is to make sure that we get the right pieces in place. We have a good squad which is very solid across all areas, we have developed a very solid British core of young players and this is the youngest squad in the Premier League. They are developing year on year.

Some of the players we have brought in, for example Per Mertesacker, Thomas Vermaelen and Laurent Koscielny at the back, are developing in the Premier League and I think this is a year for them to really step forward and show what they can do with some experience under their belts.

Then we have some experienced players who bring know-how into the team, players like Mikel Arteta, Andre Santos – those types of players who come in and add something a little bit different. The key for us is not the volume of signings we might make but that the signings we make add something to the squad. That is something Arsène thinks extremely carefully about and for all of the pressure he is placed under, he tends to make good decisions.

*Ivan, I think after watching our team disintegrate year after year because the squad is so wafer thin, maybe it’s a little bit about the volume as well as the quality? Let’s be honest as well, it’s not like it’s going to take worldclass to make a difference to quite a few areas in our squad. Arteta isn’t world class and look at the difference he made.

Robin van Persie…
Ivan Gazidis said: Robin sat down with us at the end of the season and we had a good discussion. What we agreed at that meeting was that we would keep all the discussions we had over the summer to ourselves and make announcements when it is the right time. We have to respect the fact we have agreed to keep that among ourselves. Robin is clearly focused on the Euros at the moment and we wish him well, and at the right time we will make the right announcements. But at the moment we are not saying anything.

Hmmm… it doesn’t sound positive, but at the same time, it doesn’t sound negative? I’m lost with this one…

Commercial operations…
Ivan Gazidis said: One of the things we have to do as a club is become less reliant on our match day revenue. As a big club we are very reliant on the revenues we generate in the stadium, more so than any other big club. That has really been the impetus and catalyst for what we do globally and how we develop ourselves around the world. We take advantage of the fact we have fans all around the world and we can connect with them.

So you are seeing the Club go on international tours for the first time. That is a tremendous step forward and has been welcomed by our international fan base. Our partners are also welcoming that development. We are developing our commercial revenues and our commercial partnerships well ahead of our five-year plan. They are going very well and we are seeing renewal of major partnerships like Citroën. We are seeing new partners come in like Indesit or Betsson and most recently we have just announced Malta Guinness in Africa. So there are tremendous developments on the commercial front and that is important for the Club that we have partners who can help us to connect with fans all around the world, develop our commercial revenue streams and take some of the pressure off locally-generated revenues here in London. We are well on track in that.

Commercial partnerships are always going to be significantly lower if your’e selling a club without star players and prestigious trophies in the cupboard.

Commercial activities to fund on-field activities…
Ivan Gazidis said: The reason we are doing all of this is to invest in what we have on the football side. We don’t take money out of the Club, all of it is reinvested and as we develop our commercial revenues all of that money goes back in onto the pitch and enables us to compete at higher levels. Arsenal Football Club has developed from one which certainly had a wonderful tradition and history, but we have an ambition to be one of the best clubs in the world. That is not an easy ambition to fulfil, particularly in a way that asserts your independence. We are not relying on anybody to do that for us, we are doing it on our own two feet and that is challenging.

It’s difficult to become the best club in the world without spending any money, which appears to be our strategy.

But when you look at the steps this club has taken throughout its history, they have always been forward-looking. Where we are aiming to be is at the very top table of clubs in the world. That is a journey in which we are still on because we are not where we want to be yet. But we are making progress. The stadium is one tremendous representation of that and a major step forward. But the next major step forward is going to be driven by people in the Club and our ability to grow our commercial revenues so we can continue to compete with the very best clubs in the world for the best talent.

Looking ahead to Nigeria…
Ivan Gazidis said: This year because we don’t have an Emirates Cup tournament, we took advantage of that free weekend to go to Nigeria, which is a place where Arsenal has a tremendous following. We have really experienced that on the visits we have made out there this year. Of course we have Kanu too, who is a legend in Nigeria and has strong Arsenal connections. From the outset it was very clear we would get a fantastic reception in Nigeria. This is not something I see us doing every year going forward – a long weekend break – but this year we had the opportunity.

In future years we will go back to the Emirates Cup format right back here in Islington. We will be celebrating 100 years in Islington [in 2013] and it is important that we don’t lose that focus. We talk a lot about the global brand because it is is very important. We have spoken about the development of our commercial revenues and connecting with our fans around the world. All modern football clubs have to do that if they want to be successful. But the roots of this club are very much here in Islington. We have a new stadium which we were so proud to deliver in our own ancestral home and these are very important things for us. In future years we will be coming back to the Emirates Cup format where our fans will be able to see the new team unveiled in their home environment.

No Emirates Cup? What are we going to win now! Jokes aside… I think it’s great we’re heading out to Nigeria. Just keep an eye on Arsene, he’ll be out in the Niger Delta tapping oil as a revenue stream.

Working closely with Stan Kroenke…
Ivan Gazidis said: Stan Kroenke has been on the board for a number of years and has been working very closely, especially in the last year since he assumed majority ownership, with Arsène Wenger and with me. We have had his full support in everything we have wanted to do with the football club. We have had tremendous input from him along the way – bearing in mind he owns sports teams across all kinds of different sports and has years and years of experience. He is not just a successful businessman in his own right, but he is also a very experienced and knowledgable sports owner. That has been a fantastic asset for us to have on the board and now as a majority owner. He could not have been more supportive and his ambition is very simple – he wants this football club to win trophies. He has supported us every step of the way as we have tried to put the pieces in place to do that.

That awkward moment in a board meeting when Stan suggests a hot quarter back we could sign…

Message for fans…
Ivan Gazidis said: I would like to thank the supporters. This at times has been a really challenging season. This football club was placed under terrific pressure at times and I think, for a different club, there would have been the possibility that we would begin to fall apart, panic and make decisions that would have been bad. That is not what happened.

When we had our most difficult times this football club came together. The supporters, the team, the front office staff, the back office staff – they all came together. It was that strength and that unity that managed to pull our season back on track this year. My message to our fans is that we are doing everything in our power to make sure that Arsenal can challenge for trophies next year. That is what this summer is about and that is what we are focused on for next year. We have a good team, we have a good young core of players and we need everybody involved to have belief so that we can push forward into next year and make a run at the Premier League trophy and for the Champions League. We believe we can do that.

Right, there you have it… the official spin. Let’s see what he has to offer later on this evening. The full report, on your screens, tomorrow at 0900.

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250 Responses to “Ivan says decision made on Robin Van Persie Arsenal future”

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  1. GUNNER786

    Just looking at Gazidis’ ugly fucking mug makes me feel like slapping the lying fucking yankee doodle dandy twat.

    WENGER AND GAZIDIS FUCK OFF

    WE WANT OUR ARSENAL BACK

  2. DaleDaGooner

    Alright…so Ivan has done the script thing businesses do….nothing new there,
    But the panic I’m seeing from some of you, drawing baseless conclusions …if RvP wasn’t signing, there wouldn’t really be a ban, No ban on Nasrat and non on Fabreglass…..My thoughts, RvP has asked for 4 years instead of 3 and signings of intent, the club has said we’ll think about it through the Euros and when you are back, we’ll have an answer, in the mean time, do not mention this…..simply to ward off City till they identify their targets, sign them, off load some players, estimate profits and come back to the table. Makes the most sense

    On all the other bullshit answers, typical.

  3. Hitman

    RVP impasse is intreging.

    I think RVP said something like this:
    “Euros plus 2 weeks to match my ambitions or I am off. The choice is yours”.

    Pre-season starts on 15th July. RVP due back 1st August.

    Wenger and Yidizis will have to grow some balls, buy quality IN QUANTITY in the next 6 weeks or RVP is gone.

  4. SUGA3

    Dale,

    taking into the account that people are biding their time renewing their season tickets, a ban on interviews for RvP makes perfect sense if he is a goner, same goes for the small issue of attracting new players…

  5. Jeff

    I listened to the 30 minute interview on arsenal.com and to be honest everything just sounded like business as usual. Same old meaningless statements that just say “we will try” and once deadlines and seasons come and go, it becomes “we have tried”.

    Any fool can see that there is no substance to the interview whatsoever. There is no coherent plan to win anything. There are just words. He doesn’t believe it and it’s obvious. When he proclaimed that Kroenke wants to win trophies I nearly fell off my chair in laughter. It’s just words to placate the delusional fans who still think there is something to be gained from this miserable excuse of a management team.

  6. Lordbergkamp

    Hitman – the St Louis Rams were the second worst team in NFL last year. Pretty bad over last 5 years.

    Before he bought them they went to the Superbowl. Go figure.

  7. Gary T

    SUGA3 & Cesc appeal

    Yeah your probably right. He’ll have to spend a good £100M by then to save the team as opposed to spending £100M over the odds for shares now. But then he would be a hero as you say.

  8. johnty

    Giving Arteta another new contract 85K aweek is just the stupid charity Arsenal is running. Realistically who in the premier league is going to come in and offer him more than the 60K aweek hes on. Answer no one. Hes ok for us and would be a good sub. But a midefield three of wilsere Mvilla dempsey he wouldnt get a look in. Cmon Arsenal stop being a charity case you fools.

  9. SUGA3

    Gary T,

    quite honestly, given how he was given a cold shoulder by Toupee and the rest of idiots on board, if I was in his place, I would rather BURN 100 large ones than let these cunts have it!

    besides, think of the satisfaction when they come to him hat in hand :lol:

  10. kwik fit

    Wait and see the spin and crap coming out of IG’s mouth tonight.
    It will be an avalanche of prime manure an us supporters have to swallow it each year.

  11. Gary T

    Aye, just hope it’s sooner than too much later as I’m going through a TV remote per season just now.

  12. Cesc Appeal

    Gary T

    Only per season. You’re still alright.

    I go through one every other day, every time I hear a dull, dreary, Frenchesque voice talking about ‘warped markets’ and ‘the fear of December 2012 being the end of the world inflating prices’ I chuck one at the tele…..how is that sustainable Ivan…£30 a week on remotes…you tell me Ivan….you tell me!!

  13. zeus

    Following Pedro’s twitter feed. Someone needs to have a strongly worded question asked of Ivan the terrible.

  14. SUGA3

    Dale,

    talk is cheap, especially when one is considering 10 million quid a ‘large fee’ 10 years ago, when everyone and his dog knows that it was not ‘large’ by any stretch of imagination in 2002!

  15. Cesc Appeal

    ‘We were hammered for our transfer policy. With perspective we did well. it wasn’t that bad.’

    Fire him.

    Get him out of that stadium now. What a load of shit.

    They have learn nothing because they don’t think there is anything TO learn from last year.

    Shit. Shit. Shit.

  16. Cesc Appeal

    The board don’t tell Wenger who to sign.

    There you go.

    So a board with no backbone, and a manager with no ambition. Excellent!!

  17. kwik fit

    Or what do you think of Usmanov and do you think he would be a better owner that silent stan. These are the questions that must be put to IG.

  18. Arsene's Nurse

    Following this on LeGrove and Ashburton Grove twitter – sounds like alot of meaningless platitudes to me. I doubt we’ll learn anything. It looks like a mere formality, a chore that has to be done and once over Gazidis can get back to doing whatever he does.

  19. Cesc Appeal

    Politician

    He’s not answering the questions at all!

    Just meaningless blurb they’ve come up with behind the scenes. Utter shit this is…but did anyone expect different

  20. Cesc Appeal

    becoming less and less confident with each tweet.

    He’s talking nonesense.

    I hope Pedro reflects that tomorrow. No more ‘fair play to Ivan’ shit. He earns £1.7 Million a year.

    Arsenal fans are the most exploited in the country. This is a total injustice, no answer, not even an attempt at an answer

  21. zeus

    Le Grove ‏@LeGrove
    Managers judgement.
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    Our top players are always running out? Yet Diaby gets a deal? Why?

  22. Cesc Appeal

    Why do top players deals run out and Diaby gets a new one?

    ‘Managers judgement. We get lots of deals right.’

    For example Ivan you robbing bastard?!!

  23. kwik fit

    ‘Wait and see the spin and crap coming out of IG’s mouth tonight.
    It will be an avalanche of prime manure an us supporters have to swallow it each year.’

    I said this before the bald eagle took to the floor and was I wrong?

    Yes I was wrong . To describe what he would say as ‘prime manure’ was unfair to manure.

  24. kwik fit

    ‘our new partners are very happy. Commercial partners want club to deliver to them all around the world’

    But what away the supporters Ivan ,your real commercial partners we are not very happy!

  25. SDE

    Dale Da Gunner
    So there you have it, Gazidis confirming 3rd or 4th is not acceptable by the board…no sitting smugly in their wood-paneled rooms

    Reply
    You are a gullible mug!!!

    Just the type of gullible mug that IG+PHW+OGL appreciates.

    They would gladly snap you right arm off,to have “your sort” fill their stadiums week in,week out..Whilst they chomp on their cuban cigars,sipping the finest wine from Bordeaux,eating caviar whilst chortling amongst themselves@ your expense!!

  26. Ice

    Wenger recruited this clown

    Insiders know he also recruited the prick that’ll get him out of our club

    Wenger is compromised and that leaves him close to walking out now

    How did a snake like this get anywhere near this once great London club?

    He needs a good smack

  27. Cesc Appeal

    Most of Answer didn’t even make sense. As if he was answering another question. Waste of time

  28. SUGA3

    Cesc,

    nah, he said he would ‘disrupt the unity’, having read the Tw*tter thread, I have now more or less given up now…

  29. SDE

    Same shite-different year!!

    Rinse,Repeat…..

    How IG+SK+PHW+OGL can look themselves in the mirror& sleep comfortably @ night,beats me??!!!

    ABSOLUTE C**TS..once again!!

  30. Cesc Appeal

    SUGA3

    Thanks.

    Disrupt the unity.

    He means derail the gravy train.

    Yep. Hopes gone guys. Abandon your wish lists. We’re totally fucked.

    This is the day the music dies for us. We’re now a corporation draining out a small profit through a conveyor belt of players that we raise and sell, problem is conveyor belt is about to run out of passengers.

  31. SDE

    The dogbreath IG,”does not want conflict on the board”..regarding the Usmanov issue.

    Well either way,he’s going to get it,if not from Usmanov being invited onto the board,then from the baying mob on the terraces..

    How long can you continue to be spinning fans,a yarn for?

  32. Gary T

    So in a nutshell “nothing’s going to change as we & our sponsors are happy, like it or lump it”.

    Oh dear, so that’ll be yet another painful & trophyless season ahead then.

    Better hope the Spuds, Geordies & Pool don’t get their shit together either.

  33. SDE

    The heart & soul was ripped out of Arsenal,the day we left Highbury!!
    The history,traditions died along with that famous ground!!

    Oh well,when is Wimbledon on?

  34. SUGA3

    oh well, did any of you lot expect ANYTHING different?

    the only thing that surprised me was IG pretty much admitting to incompetence, how anyone did not follow up on this is beyond me…

  35. Cesc Appeal

    Gary T

    Spurs look set to get Vetonghen.

    If they get a player like Afellay in as well thats us out of the top four.

    What a short sighted bunch of morons.

    I hope Pedro doesn’t try to write a rosy post tomorrow. I’ve never seen such a whitewash

  36. Hitman

    The most pointless Q&A session in history of mankind. Not many questions, hardly any answers.

    This exercise has done the club no favours. Why bother if you cant be to be bothered to display honesty or integrity. He has acquired Wenger contempt for the fans. And these AST actually own a stake in the club!

    Someone described him earlier as a snake. About right. Slimey as you can get.

  37. Gary T

    SDE

    For as long as that silly bitch continues to hang up that poxy “In Wenger we ….” banner. Those people are still the majority and until that changes the board are safe. Fucking thing should’ve been ripped down by now, pisses me off every time I see it.

  38. SDE

    SUGA3
    the only thing that surprised me was IG pretty much admitting to incompetence, how anyone did not follow up on this is beyond me…

    Reply
    I was surprised to see that as well..Admitting incompetence..
    I thought that would be an opportunity for someone to drive the fork through on that front..

  39. Gunner2301

    3rd or 4th isn’t good enough?

    I’d like to know since when has it not been good enough and what are they saying to the manager if it’s not good enough?

    So Ivan the man who told us that the manager is accountable to the fans wants us to believe that they ever tell Arsene that 3rd or 4th is not good enough? I doubt it.

    That’s probably Ivans public response whereas privately they are ecstatic because all they care about is the CL money.

    If I was in a job and I wasn’t achieving the targets or expectations year after year, I wouldn’t be in that job anymore, it’s the widely expected conclusion that everyone understands, how has Ivan not figured that one out?

  40. Hitman

    He didnt need to admit to incompetence. We knew that already. The boardroom equivalent of JD.

    But …didnt he just get a bonus?

  41. SDE

    Gary T
    For as long as that silly bitch continues to hang up that poxy “In Wenger we ….” banner. Those people are still the majority and until that changes the board are safe. Fucking thing should’ve been ripped down by now, pisses me off every time I see it.

    Reply

    Well the majority of fans who believe in OGL,are just as sick& twisted as the BoD& management..

    How on earth,can they think this is the way forward…
    Even a blindman riding horseback,in thick fog can clearly see this club is on the decline,& is just interested in garnering profits,not trophies!!

    The subterfuge,the lack of transparency,the lies,the spin,the hoarding of money,the selling of best players,the hide&seek,the contempt..jeez!!

    These AKBS give an entirely different meaning to the term Sado-Masochism!

    Twisted C**ts!!

  42. SUGA3

    meanwhile, I have just bought a vintage rev counter for my new restoration project and I’m watching a front emblem for it…

    all this stuff is difficult to come by, but I am prowling the auction site Usmanov stylee :lol:

  43. Gary T

    Makes you wonder about the value of such meetings. The questions are vetted beforehand, much of the answers are along the lines of “behind the scenes…” and the AST wouldn’t dare upset him for fear of not being invited back. Was he even pressed on anything, are the AST happy with how they just got mugged off? Gazidis probably gets more grief from his gardener ffs. Nothing appeared to be followed up let alone challenged in anyway. Cowards!

    And these are about the only people with any opportunity to vent their frustration. They are collectively in receipt of very valuable shares. Maybe they were all star struck or in awe, who knows, what is clear is that a fart in the bath causes a bigger wave.

  44. Cesc Appeal

    Reading Untold Arsenal, they are loons but I got something decent out.

    There is a lock down agreement in place that no one will sell or trade shares until October 2012.

    It’s unclear what will happen then. Whether a new lock down will go into place or whether Usmanov will go on the offensive.

    He’s made it clear that he will NOT any under circumstance sell his shares to Kroenke.

    So even for Usmanov to save us we’ll have to wait until October earliest.

    I hope Pedro sticks by his ‘one more crack at it’ comments now.

    Feel absolutely hopeless with it all now. Club is ruined.

  45. HP

    There’s no point of getting worked up over what we already know guys.

    We all know the club is going no where with the muppets in charge so lets hope people like geoff and doublegooner are successful in their endeavours and get more arsenal fans involved!

  46. SDE

    Gary T
    “Maybe they were all star struck or in awe, who knows, what is clear is that a fart in the bath causes a bigger wave.”

    Reply
    LOLLOL….The above line cheered me up..Quite funny..

    & this one below…
    “Gazidis probably gets more grief from his gardener ffs. Nothing appeared to be followed up let alone challenged in anyway. Cowards!”

    Quite funny as well…

    Oh well time to wean myself off Arsehole Inc for a while..

    It really is the deceit & conceit they exhibit/display to the fans that really riles me!!And over a 7 year period..

    No honesty,or integrity..Just utter contempt & manufactured lies..

    CLASSLESS C**TS!!

  47. BillikenGooner

    I wish we could ask why we keep giving the captaincy of the team to players we can’t even hold on to.

    Well, I guess that would be a Wenger question…. but I’d still like them to explain how pitiful it makes their judgement look and how well they know our players.

  48. Samir

    BG
    Maybe we should do something different and give it to Denilson…Seeing as that captains armband is cursed!

  49. dave

    Captaincy to Jack W for sure. Then when he is integral to the team, heartbeat if you like, 24 yrs old, an established international and has 3 years left on his contract we will sell him for some pisspoor amount and the board will crow about the profit we made.

  50. Cesc Appeal

    dave

    we can’t give it to him, if he has a great season next year and someone offers £30 Million for him we’ll take it

  51. Thomas

    Our players just aren’t good enough. Everyone knows it. Question is will someone do something about it?

  52. luke

    Next year probable XI

    Chezzer
    Sagna-Kozzer-TV-Santos
    Arteta-Coquelin-LJW
    Walcott-Podolski-Gervinho

    Subs: Mannone, gibbs, Per, Ramsay, Diaby (hah!), Gervinho, Afobe

    Wonder if we’ll make Europa league?

  53. Samir

    As I’ve said before…And all of you know…The only thing that will change things at Arsenal is finishing mid table!

    It’s hard to say it…But I’m thinking long term!That’s what we need!

    What would you prefer? Hundreds more years of this shit? Or one HUGE fuck up…And change?

  54. SalParadiseNYC

    Load of horseshit.
    Prepared questions and political answers prepped in advance. Souless sustainable, safety net of a club geared to finish in 3 or 4 spot for the foreseeable future.
    Where’s the bravado?
    Do you not remember running the league without a loss?
    Arsene if you’ve not started wondering what we’ve/you’ve become take a long hard look in the mirror mate theres one word for it.
    MEDIOCRE

  55. arsenal1886-2006

    Buy this.
    http://www.sportsdirect.com/score-draw-retro-arsenal-1971-home-shirt-377529

    Not this.
    http://www.sportsdirect.com/football-shirts/premier-league-football-shirts/nike-nike-arsenal-home-shirt-2012-2013-377781

    Fuck Nike, Fuck Emirates and Fuck the Board. Hit them where it hurts, that is how you protest against the corporates. It is more visible than a Black Scarf and the media will soon latch onto it, this in turn will start to filter back to the sponsors and future sponsors. Bad publicity will kill Kroenke and this board.

  56. Dan Ahern

    I was searching for a Gazidis quote and I found this from ’09:

    “”I think it is worth our while to investigate whether there are elements of the salary cap system, which they have in US NFL and baseball, which would benefit football,” he said.”

    First of all, baseball has no salary cap system. It’s almost as free-market as (world) football. There’s just a luxury tax for wage bills over a certain point, but it’s so high that barely any teams pay it.

    But anyway, we should’ve seen this coming. This guy’s so concerned with everybody playing fair (i.e. playing his way) that he wants a salary cap! I normally wouldn’t balk at wanting some parity, but it just comes off as pouty. And isn’t this the guy who overpays 16-year-olds to secure their signatures?

    (Sorry, lots of IG frustration pent up right now, haha)

  57. GUNNER786

    No doubt the AKBs will be be creaming in their pants and chanting..

    WE LOVE WENGER
    WE LOVE WENGER
    WE LOVE WENGER

  58. Doublegooner

    Suga:

    Ive had only 4 responses to my email for the 9th.

    Think we’re gonna reschedule for the following weekend.

    Will email everyone.

  59. Cesc Appeal

    ‘Ivan Terrible to Usmanov’

    ‘You’ll never join OUR board, Gazidis to Usmanov’

    This is all great stuff, great headlines. This will get a guy like Usmanov’s back up, being told by a little rookie like Gazidis he can’t have something.

    If anything this has made me more sure that Usmanov will own the club in the near future and then it will be our turn at the top.

    This Q & A was a giant middle finger to all free thinking Arsenal fans. Basically more of the same, shut up and enjoy it…essentially.

  60. follow the money

    Don’t know why anyone is surprised. Ivan is a mouthpiece and that is all. Kroenke LOVES Wenger because Wenger can run the team on the cheap. Kroenke doesn’t invest in any of his teams and that’s why they never win anything. But their value keeps increasing. That is all he cares about. Unless someone like Usmanov finds a way to take over the club we will continue to see more of the same 3rd and 4th place finishes if we are lucky, early departures from the CL and mediocre runs in the other cups. FFP is not going to do anything. Wenger for idealogical reasons and Kroenke for greed reasons will never spend the money to put us on the level with City or Real Madrid or AC Milan or any of the top teams in Europe. Wenger’s pipe dream of making Arsenal competitive with the top clubs in Europe without spending money on enough experienced stars so we don’t have to rely on Djourou is completely and totally delusional. Someone should have asked Ivan what their plans were to solve our defensive problem that has been getting worse year after year for five years now.

  61. SUGA3

    the core of the problem is that IG has no fucking clue!

    - 10 million transfer fee ‘big’ 10 years ago (bollocks)

    - ‘we may be incompetent, but we do care’ (what a relief)

    - ‘I don’t know how Chelsea and City will comply with FFP’ (if this is not the reason for him to be tin tacked and for someone who DOES know to be hired, then I don’t know what is)

    how can this man challenge Wenger, which should be top 10 in his job description?

  62. Jeff

    It is widely believed that Mark Twain coined the phrase (or something like it):

    “Better to keep your mouth shut and be thought a fool than to open it and remove all doubt”.

    And never was it truer than in the case of Mr Gazidis. What a complete misfit. I don’t think I’ve witnessed a real life person employed to do a job for which he was so unqualified.

    The 30 minute interview and the Q&A session tell it all. I’ll paraphrase it into a single sentence.

    Nothing is going to change. Prognosis and inference of that is: it will get worse before it gets better. Let’s brace ourselves; we’re heading for an almighty crash.