I and my website, ‘1nildown2oneup’ have tended to steer clear of the politics and the economics of Arsenal FC. There are others who cover these subjects superbly well and have far more knowledge and understanding than I. I am not naive of course and am aware that what goes on, on the pitch, that I do enjoy writing about, is inextricably interlinked however with these other areas. It has been a week of bad news with our skipper effectively asking for a move in a cowardly fashion and then our 30% share holder Red & While Holdings choosing, quite cynically it would seem their timing to pen an open letter criticizing Ivan Gazidis and the present running of the club. (Click here to read letter: http://tinyurl.com/7zbqdwj This of course engendered much debate, but what follows also takes the form of an open letter from ‘Positive Gunner’ (@Positivegunner) which looks to defend Gazidis and questions the timing and background to the R&W letter.
For those doubting Gazidis and his abilities to run the club…know this
1. He was a big part of converting the MLS from a league of no consequence to something that is actually a legitimate destination for players to go to…Beckham started it off, Henry is there and Kaka has plans to head there as well
2. Manchester City wanted him to oversee their massive spending and project to take over the league. Arsene wanted him and he turned down City to join us.
3. Dein was an excellent transfer negotiator but he never had to face oil money so his relevance in this era is questionable…oil money is competition that Gazidis deals with on every transfer that he and Dick Law have to negotiate
4. Dein also was never hindered by the massive limits that were in play here at Arsenal. Especially after the move to the Emirates. Summer of 2009 and 2010…we spent a combined amount of less than what Liverpool paid for Andy Carroll…that is all the money we had for 2 summers. 35mil.
5. Gazidis, in his first month here oversaw the club record transfer of Andrei Arshavin, who changed our fortunes in 2008/2009 season and got us into the top 4
6. What Gazidis inherited from Dein and Edelman was a boardroom and club in an utter mess with half the players running into their last years of contracts. He renewed RVP’s contract in 2009. And despite the club being in turmoil last summer, got Wilshere, Szczesny and Vermaelen to agree new long term deals
7. Gazidis also knew his job well enough to ensure that once CL was confirmed last summer, we managed to sign FIVE players in 3-4 days time of whom FOUR played a vital part in our recovery from 17th to 3rd
8. People slate him for letting RVP and Nasri run down their contracts. Well know this. These players chose to do so. Contracts were offered to them early in the season. Van Persie turned down his offer in September/October and opted to wait till the end of the year (Theo’s depended on him as well). Nasri turned down his offer in December and did the same. You CANNOT force a player to sign a contract
9. Also if you doubt that he can’t sign players…we got Giroud when Chelsea wanted him and Gervinho when City wanted him…Arsene and Gazidis were both big parts of convincing them.
Gazidis Transfer Coup
10. Take it from people who have met him (not me) and know that he’s a FAR more intelligent man than most of you give him credit for and he’s a better person to run the backend operations of the club than most people in the world.
11. His real test will be with new commercial deals for 2014 and from what I’m hearing, we might overtake Liverpool with the best shirt deal in the league (We’ve opened negotiations with Emirates for around £25 mil a year apparently)
So before you mindlessly slate him…ask yourself…do you know all this?
Increase in value of existing shirt and kit deals (~ £30mil)
Additional Sponsorship deals (~ £10-20mil)
For those who think Usmanov is a saviour…please educate yourselves before spouting rubbish
The guy is nothing more than an opportunistic slimeball who wanted to get his PR move done when the club was down and RVP had successfully disrupted club harmony.
Read these and educate yourself. And if you doubt the source, Craig Murray is a former British Ambassador to Uzbekistan
Well thanks Positivegunner. Food for thought certainly and one side of an argument that sadly divides our fan base. It will be interesting to see how the the next months pans out. Iam also positive that Arsenal will conclude the summer and be ready for the season stronger than at the start of 2011/12 and do believe that Gazidis and Wenger have a few rabbits to pull our of their hats yet. If you enjoy positivity about our club as I do please follow @Positivegunner
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