Last night I read this that Ivan Gazidis had to say in America.
“Think about this club. In 2002 and 2003, it’s really at the top of the world. And Arsene is at the top of the world. We have fantastic players. It’s us and Manchester United battling at the top of the Premier League. It all looks amazing for the Arsenal Football Club. But what does the club do? And what does Arsene do? And what do the board members do? They say we’re more ambitious than this.
Most people would have just sat back and said, ‘This is great. Everybody loves us.’ But what do they do? They throw all of that up in the air, a massive risk. They say, ‘We’re going to commit all the resources of this club to building a stadium that we think we are going to need 15 and 20 years from now if we want to be a really global football club.’
It’s an incredibly bold decision. They do it, they see it through, go through all the difficult times. Arsene continued to do an incredible job, threading the eye of the needle on the pitch. The board does an incredible job threading the eye of the needle off the pitch. We are now, just now, all these years later, beginning to come out of that. Arsene navigated us through that.
Yet it seems people just assume, at Arsenal, we’re going to be in the Champions League. They assume we’re going to be near the top of the Premier League. There’s nothing that really distinguishes us from the other clubs in England, other than this man.”
Of course “this man” was Arsene Wenger
For years I’ve been banging on about Arsenal being the most ambitious club in the country. For the very reasons Ivan mentioned.
It still staggers me that our ambition is questioned.
If we don’t sign Cavani( insert any expensive player you can think of ) it’s a lack of ambition.
When I ask Arsene’s detractors why they think we should ovecome clubs with far greater wealth, they seem reluctant to say its Arsene. But its really is.
To be quite honest I’m sick to the back teeth of the stupidity. I think Ivan said it all in these few words.
” There’s nothing that really distinguishes us from the other clubs in England, other than this man.”
Every day we should thank some deity or other that we have him.
By me. pedantic george @Blackburngeorge