Ivan Gazidis: Arsenal Will Compete With Any Club In the World

Emirates Stadium chief executive talks big.

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Arsenal chief executive Ivan Gazidis has assured fans the club will be able to compete with any side in the world over the next few seasons.

However, Gazidis argues the club is in a powerful position for the future.

“As we look to the next two, three years we will have an outstanding platform on which to compete with any club in the world,” he told BBC Sport.

Gazidis says Arsenal should pull off major commercial deals that will strengthen their financial standing next season. The Gunners moved to the 60,361 capacity Emirates Stadium in 2006/7 and have increased their turnover from £177.7m then to £243m in their latest set of figures.


Well this is all well and good but similar ‘dreams’ have been discussed in the past and the facts are that the club are still regularly selling their best players and investing smaller sums on their replacements. The club has gone seven years without silverware and are arguably moving backwards and not forwards and the current Premier League position backs this up.

Arsenal sit in eighth place having picked up 16 points from the first 11 games of the season, this represents the North London club’s worst ever Premier League start. So talk of being able to ‘compete with any club in the world’ is to some extent pretty worthless.

Unless Gazidis backs up his talk with action there will be a large portion of Arsenal fans who will want him out of the club.

Arguments that the club is well fun and will have the finances to challenge with the best for prime talent is also a little disingenuous as currently the Emirates Stadium side already has the financial power to bid big but steadfastly refuses to do so, what is to say the current spendthrift ethos won’t continue for years to come?

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