Quick post this morning because the Ivan G Q&A is a bit later.
1. Why did Arsene Wenger and the club allow contract negotiations for the manager go down to the last day of the season?
2. The narrative in the media was that the club infrastructure was so dependent on Arsene we couldn’t replace him in such a short space of time. Why has the club now opted to further entrench his power grip by ignoring the need for strong DOF?
3. Can Ivan name an elite club with a backroom model like Arsenal’s that is delivering success in Europe at the moment?
4. Can Ivan describe what data point the club were looking at when they decided our backroom team needed a performance director?
5. Can Ivan explain why a department that has clearly performed very well has been bolstered with new talent. Yet the backroom team that has overseen consistent underperformance has been left unscathed. In particular, no new additions to the goalkeeping department. No change in the scouting department. No upgrades to a coaching staff.
6. Ivan Gazidis previously quoted as saying,
“Arsene is ultimately accountable to the fans—they ultimately make judgment.”
This clearly is not the case. What exactly is Arsene accountable for and is there any sort of performance related tipping point in which his services would be terminated?
7. If you look at the cold hard facts, it’s very difficult to paint a picture in which Arsene Wenger is succeeding to ‘Bayern’ like levels. Media reports made it very clear that Ivan was pushing for change. Now that has not happened, does Ivan not feel his position with the fans is weakened and his perception as a CEO is too damaged to carry on?
8. Can Ivan explain what Arsenal expect to learn from a club that doesn’t win things and also explain how a partnership works with a team that’s 20+ hours away from the club?
Those would be my questions.
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