It’s all change at Arsenal this summer on many levels, not least of which is the speculation surrounding chief executive Ivan Gazidis.
While we’re well used to transfer rumours involving players, it’s unusual to have one at boardroom level as reports from Italy increase about a potential move involving a new set-up at AC Milan.
Gazidis himself has remained tight-lipped, choosing not to address the speculation in any way despite the fact a simple statement could put an end to it, but new boss Unai Emery believes that the 53 year old is fully invested in the ‘big project’ in North London.
The Spaniard spoke to the media today in Singapore and was asked straight out about the Gazidis/Milan rumours.
Q: There’s strong reports in Italy that Ivan Gazidis is going to AC Milan. Are you aware of what’s going on?
A: I speak with him everyday. We are committed here for many many years. I think he’s continuing here because it’s a very big project and his commitment with us, Arsenal Football Club, is very big.
Q: Has he told you he’s staying?
A: We are speaking about every decision for our club.
So, it seems the new boss is expecting him to stay, regardless of how much smoke there is around this particular fire. Time will tell, yet stories continue to emerge from the Italian media saying Gazidis will take up the position at Milan from September 1st.
The chief executive has been front and centre this summer as the Gunners have carried out their incoming transfer business with real effiency, something which has pleased the new boss.
“Every team in the Premier League is signing important players,” he said.
“I think our club is doing very well to sign new players here. I am very happy we are working to improve quickly, to be together everyday and enjoy our supporters with every match here in Singapore.
“We need to create a big mentality and a big team.”