Gazidis Sorry to Arsenal Fans – bit late Ivan!

I bet the Arsenal chief executive Ivan Gazidis was cursing his luck after scheduling a meeting with Arsenal supporters for the day after the worst result in Arsene Wenger’s time at the Gunners. He probably thought that Wednesday night would be perfect because the fans would be happy to be in a semi-final with a good chance of some silverware after seven lean years, but it proved to be just the opposite.

“I would like to apologise to all of you, especially the fans who travelled up there. I t was unbelievable support as ever, and you deserved better.

“That is something we will work hard to put right. We all work here and are desperate to deliver the success and trophies we all want.”

Gazidis did not criticise Arsene Wenger, and he would have been hypocritical to do so. He had given an interview to Four Four Two magazine in which he praised Wenger and revealed that Arsenal have been punching above their weight for 15 years when you look at results compared with expenditure. It is Wenger who has made this possible, but the finacial plan of the Arsenal board that made it necessary.

Now it is time to back Wenger financially, and a good first step would be to give Theo Walcott a bit more money to stop us losing him to a rival. Another striker is also a must, as we cannot rely on a loan deal for 35-year old Thierry Henry to get us out of this mess. If Wenger has some money and spends it in January, we should get a fairer picture of his competence at the end of the season.

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46 thoughts on “Gazidis Sorry to Arsenal Fans – bit late Ivan!

  1. artillery1

    Football is About Today n Tommorrow, YESTERDAY was History!

    I think Its Enough For WENGER!

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  2. AFCF

    If you are sorry we fans expect to see 2 or 3 signings in Jan excluding king henry as he is a done deal and do whatever it takes to get in the CL spot and win CL and FA CUP which is almost impossible but i BELIEVE!If Wenger nvr spend in Jan it means the board and wenger do not have any ambition at all…

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  3. AFCF

    Gazidis:”Let’s be clear – we don’t see Champions League qualification as enough, we are proud of our record, but we want to do more, and we will.

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  4. artillery1

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    Out of tune?. Like or Dislike: Thumb up 17 Thumb down 26

  5. leo

    Ray Parlour: Arsene Wenger must be active in January and get rid of the dead wood at Arsenal

    if arsenal spend in jan & get 3-4 quality players it would be great

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  6. StarbornGooner

    Apart from buyin new players…y dnt we get explanation 2 the mistakes Wenger make on the field by playing then out of positions…am afraid our prblms wil persist even after we acquire new good playrs coz Wenger wil play em out of position stil…i tnk dat z the major prblm we r facin or z it tru dat wenger has lost the plot????

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  7. Ardi

    It’s the last chance for them to either spend big or Fck all change in the board and kronke for usmanov, wenger for guardiolla, so they better improve and buy real play coz we have very good midfielders, carzola, wilsher, rosicky, arteta, diary, qouqulin Fck Ramsey his shit so we need wongers and a good striker I wish gervinho and chamahk won’t come back from African cup

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  8. Sharkseven

    Sorry?Shut Up Bloddy Gazidis.You just Want Money.That All.. I will Smacked A big Stone Into Your Head if you Are My Neighbour….

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  9. leo

    what is this nonsense about players bieng played out of pos henry used to play in the wings,nigel winterburn was played as a lb,rb,cb & even as cdm ray parlour used to be played on the wings despite his preferred pos bieng in the middle no one complained back then same for fabregas,nasri,rvp (rvp ealries used to play as lw)

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  10. leo

    “Arsene is not bigger than Arsenal, but Arsenal is bigger because of him” – Iain McIntosh

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  11. Gunners

    These people are like politicians always passing the buck and making false promises all the time, only caring about themselves and their money

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  12. Nick

    @Ardi you can’t “change Kroenke for Usmanov”. An owner is an owner unless he wants to sell. With all the money Arsenal make it’s unlikely he’ll sell. Not to mention Arsenal is an investment that his son is being groomed for. The Board will only get sacked if they start losing money on the whole for Arsenal. Wenger again, makes money instead of spending it and won’t be gone until he decides to hang it up. I’d rather we went for Jurgen Klopp than Pep if Wenger decides his coaching time is over.

    We need to buy true class players in Jan at key positions (Striker & DM are most important IMO). Lock down Theo or let him go & re-invest the money. That and the coaches have to work together for the best outcome for the team, not just do whatever Arsene says.

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  13. MGUNNER

    leo you obviously love wenger! every comment its to defend wenger in some subtle way!

    though you do have a point in your comment!in the past alot of arsenals players have been played out of position to great effect! the problem is that todays players are not to the same standard/quality so they do not have the ability to play out of there preffered position! anoter problem is the formation playing a false nine causes the striker to come deep basically meaning there never in there box when they need to be! and play a more mid field role, wenger is the only manager in the wolrd who regualrly plays the 4 3 3 falsse 9 formation on a regular basis! because it is risky and is rarely effective!

    Ramsey is not a winger! bad desicison! podolski actually pays as a winger for germany so all thi bull about wenger being to blame about his performance is not correct! i have a lot of german freinds and they say he goes dissapering in many games! the real problem isnt just the lack of quality players is the lack of training!

    IAN WRIGHT ROBSON ADAMS ECT! ALL SAY THAT WENGER DOESNT LET STEVE BOULD TRAIN THE DEFENCE THAT WENGER DOESNT NOT GIVE ANY INDIVIUDAL TRAINING! THE TRAINING IS AWFUL AT ARSENAL!!!! BECAUSE WENGER TAKES ON MORE THEN HE CAN MANAGE AND DOESNT LET ANY OF THE COACHS HAVE ANY INPUT! WHY WULD ARSENAL LEDGENDS LIE THE THE ARSENAL FANS!!????

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  14. caribbean

    Leo made a very good point…(out of position)
    You cannot be a huge fop on the wing and expect people to believe you will be a PELE playing center forward or a Xavi in midfield…that is why i dont buy the Ramsey and Podolski out of position scum..
    By the way i just read a tweet saying that wilshere and Ramsey are to recieve new deals at AFC…RAMSEY???REALLY??..OMG..when will that nightmare end

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  15. 9jagun

    did u just watch skysports Wenger admits he is a dictator cos he has been in the club for 15 years so every one must obey his rules. he goes further to give an example

    “For example, if a manager changes every two years and the players stay for 10 years, the player will always have a greater influence.

    SO THAT IS WHY YOU WONT LET STEVE BOULD DO HIS JOB. WELL FCUK U WENGER

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  16. Nathan

    Same old Gazidis, We need a change Wenger last chance is the January if he doesn’t bring quality player then out enough is enough give Guadiola the job. Am not saying he is better then Wenger at least he will bring new thing tactics,formation,he will not play our players out of position and if its the same then we will be fix it will be the board our main problem.

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  17. Invincibles nice (1)

    Dont really agree with him on the hole timescale of punching above weight. We have in most decades been a title winning club even before Wenger arrived.

    With the fall of liv i believe that we where always going to be manus biggest rival so punching above our weight is well off the mark as all we needed where a top manager who could build upon the most famous of back lines, wich we got and so much more but there isnt a manager in the world who wouldnt have believed he could win with that defence.
    Not to mention a certain Dennis Bergkamp up front alongside a true poacher in a team with real men of character like your Parlours Mersons Platts and everyone of aformentioned defensive options. I suggest Gazidas take his head out of a book or someones ass and get to know football.

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  18. Dele

    Ivan don’t use your propaganda on the fans again. You and AW have plans to grand AFC before Kronke sell his shares and AW move back to France.

    There is always fund to manage the club but you guys are particular about your returns. So just take your fill and leave. ARSENAL WILL REMAIN FOREVER AFTER YOU’VE GONE that is keeping the faith.

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  19. Simon Kibera Kinywa

    About Walcott his salary should be increased but he should be softer on the striking role.

    When you are a player and you can play more than one role then you are an asset to any club. I like giving an example of C, Ronaldo who despite being a winger is top class scorer and scores more than tested strikers.

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  20. Ben

    Personally can’t understand why many suporters in here wants to give Wenger a lot off the club’s money in january. Next summer there is a new manager at Arsenal. He then got no money to spend. All he get is Wenger’s bad buys…

    We want our Arsenal back!

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  21. tonycarson

    FK AW AND THE ARSENAL WHOLE BOARD Y THE HL WOULD BE PATIENT WITH A PLAYER FOR 9 YEARS WHEN NOT DELIVERING RESULTS AND THE SEASON HE STARTS DELIVERING YOU JUST SELL HIM TO YOUR COMPETITOR(RVP) ABOVE ALL U GET 24M AND JUST POCKET IT INSTEAD OV GOING FOR RADAMEL FALCAO,CAVANI OR LORIENTE WHO CAN REPLACE HIS CLASS AT THE CLUB.NOW ANALYZE HIM ,11GOALS IN 16 COMPARE HIM WITH ALL THE OUR STRIKERS(GIROUD,CHAMACK,GERVINHO&PODOLSKI)THEY CAN’T EVEN GET TO HALF OV HIS RECORD.YOU SOLD SONG FOR NO CLAER REASON WITHOUT A REPLACEMENT,BENCHING ARSHAVIN A PLAYER OV CLASS N PREFFERING GERVINHO/RAMSEY AHEAD OV HIM,U HAVE’NT REPLACED FABREGAS THATS WHY ARSENAL CAN’LONGER CREATE MUCH CHANCES,PLAY EXCITING&ATTRACTIVE FOOTBALL.JAN SHOPPING IS NOT THE SOLUTION TO REVIVE THE MIGHTY TEAM,THE SOLUTION HERE IS WENGER TO STEP DOWN IF IT FAILS I CALL UPON OTHER GOONERS AROUND THE GLOBE THAT LETS ALSO STOP GETTING INTO EMIRATES TO WATCH MATCHES SUCH THAT THE BOARDS USES THE MONEY FROM OTHER SOURCES TO RUN ACTIVITIES IN THIS WAY THEY WILL ALSO FEEL THE CLUBS INCOME BEING DISTORTED AND TRUST ME THEY WILL CHANGE THEIR WAY AT THE CLUB

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  22. D1G

    Give Wenger lots of money… he’ll buy ramsey, santos, arshavin, denilson, gervinho etc etc… <<That's about 40M.

    Vorm was 2m, Michu was 2m, Ba was free, Diame was free.

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  23. vp

    I’m done with accepting apologies from the top of our hierarchy so that Kroenke can continue to make risk free returns. Having recently spending £80 mill on a ranch, we’ve been told that we’ll have to wait for the sponshorship money to arrive.I’m baffled as to Why our so-called investor can’t temporarily loan this money to us in the meantime?

    I’m done with listening to our arrogant chairman who speaks to us like we’re a bunch of ungrateful pests. Correct me if wrong, but isn’t it the job of the chairman to build and promote relationships with the outside world, rather than to patronize and begrudge anyone who shows signs of interest!!

    I’m done with the constant excuses for the lack of investment, despite being repeatedly assured that there are funds available to strengthen the team! The lack of clarity on the various roles and responsibilities with investment allow Kroenke’s actors to evade accountability and pursue personal agenda and long-term shareholder wealth.

    I’m done with the constant politics that our manager plays party to, so that sectional interests can continue to be served.

    I’m done with hearing the word sustainability when present needs are being overlooked! Something can only become sustainable if it initially meets present needs!

    Most of all, I’m done with every fan who endorses and allows the club to act with impunity!

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  24. hussein

    well, let us be realistic our team is lacking good luck which is the respossibility of Fans ,Management ,Players and individual player up lift , Oliveria,Gev,Podoski must improve their work rate and Rambo,Ox,Theo ,Sagn,must stop being wasteful.we need good luck ,please that is the most important thing for our team.

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  25. gunnerzgooner

    Looked like Wenger has lost his touched. That is the fact!!. Guys look around us. Wenger is underestimate other less known teams. He has lost almost all of them. No matter what the arguments we debate if he’s that good, he will conjured something with the problem he has. Sir Alex will never loose his sight on other teams. United will not always be champion,true, but Sir Alex will do something and make United challenge for something the next year or the following year.Until he cannot maintain this he will retire or step down.That why United are so consistent.Sir Alex face the same problem with MU owner limited budget But he strive and United is challenging year in year out. Wenger managerial performance is spiralling downward as years goes on.That the fact although he always cling on to top four position but his luck is running out. WE thank him what he has done but his touched is not relevant anymore nowaday. The past his history but what we look for is today and tomorrow.

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  26. Invincibles nice (1)

    @vp, well thought out article and articulated well.
    I agree with you on the most part, just not on the manager.

    Its just that we know that Arsene must love the Arsenal with its colours running through his DNA by now, so why would he turn on the board and expect to stay in his job, when did you ever hear of a manager keeping hold of his job when rift occurs between the pair.
    And for Arsene to aid the Arsenal in anyway hed have to be on the inside.

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  27. palmer17

    Appology not accepted gazidis new contracts for walcott and sana and high quality new signings in january is a start of being sorry prove that u are actions speak louder than words

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  28. hallucinations

    Still trust in Wenger, sorry to anti-Wengers but I still see him as the most suitable man for this job. To me, Arsene is a permanent part of Arsenal.

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  29. Mac jay Odibe

    Apology not accepted,the only way to apologize is to back words with action. Wenger though a good manager but he seems to be more interested in money than TROPHY.It’s so painful when you remember that the same team played a whole season without loosing a match. What a great time it was for me and all arsenal fans.

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  30. MrMasterShepard

    What makes me more ashamed of Arsenal’s situation is that while it is one of the richest clubs in the World and has been so for some time now, it has failed to achieve anything in the last years. And Borussia Dortmund, a club that was about to bankrupt in 2008 and needed to borrow 2m from Bayern and sell some of their best players to avoid it managed to win the Bundesliga twice just 2 years later facing a much richer rival in Bayern Munchen. And now they managed to go through on the Champions League beating the group of death in first place,undefeated, and winning against all the teams at least once.
    There can be no last chance to Wenger, he must be sacked and Guardiola must take his place. We all appreciate what Arsene has done for us, but his time with Arsenal is over.

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  31. vicent

    Dats trash Gazidis u only mind about strengthening yo financial status not trophies

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  32. Scott

    I tell you what Mr Gazidis if you are that sorry how about you refund my ticket I brought and my travell expenses?
    …..
    Thought not!

    Nothing worse than getting heckled by Bradford City fans on way back to the car!

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  33. gunnerst

    Bloody fake, gazidis we can see right through you! WHY APOLOGISE FOR WENGER? WHEN AWFUL AW HIMSELF REFUSED TO APOLOGISE? IT’S ABOUT $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$.

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  34. Big Gun

    You would all be fools to believe this rat Gazidis. How many times has him and Wenger promised us things in the past and failed to deliver? If we buy 3 players in Jan excluding Henry, it will be a miracle and if that happens they will either be young, cheap, foreign or inexperienced. We want players like Fellaini, Falcao and Baines. Nothing less if we want things to change drastically and compete for titles again. Think we are going to get anything near that quality? Dream on gooners hell will freeze over before we ever win a thing again in the next 2 decades while this silent, stingy yank, fork tongued Man City supporter and invertebrate, ’3 bags full’ manager are still around.

    Wenger has no excuse for his poor team selection, some of the piss poor players he has bought over the last few years, (Chamakh, Park, Denilson, Squillaci, Djoure, Santos, Ramsey, Denilson and sickboy Diaby), lack of tactics and his love for young Welsh boys who would be better suited in the power leagues.

    Our whole club needs an overhaul, but unfortunately unless Usmanov offers Kroenke what he cannot refuse, then the only option we have atm is to get rid of Wenger. I’m sure the board will also be pissed that we will not make it into CL again. Wenger has been lucky the last few years, plain and simple. Song and RvP saved his butt last season, and the season before that we had Fab and Nasri. This year we got GIROUD. Don’t make me laugh.

    Falcao, Fellaini, Baines, Lelana in Jan and keep Walcott.

    Sell Ramsey, Diaby, Chamakh and all the other deadwood if possible just to free up the age bill.

    Then we will be styling back to the top.

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  35. SlengTeng

    Why does his comments always revert back to money and financial position of the club as something we should be proud of. Its a football club and the football is suffering because of this!

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