Ivan Gazidis has officially left Arsenal after almost ten years as chief executive of the club.
The 53 year old will take up his new position at AC Milan at the start of December, and he marked his departure with an email to staff thanking them and wishing them luck for the future.
Here’s what he had to say:
It’s been an amazing privilege to be able to be a part of the journey these past ten years. We’ve lived many ups and downs together and you have all achieved so much in modernising the club in every respect and positioning it for an even brighter future.
I am so excited to see what that future holds for all of you. I am your biggest fan and supporter and will always be following and cheering you all on from wherever I am. You can achieve anything! And you can do it while keeping and advancing the club’s strong progressive values.
Thank you to each and every one of you. I know what you give every day and how much you all care for this wonderful place we call the Arsenal.
With best wishes always, Ivan.
His role at the club has now been split between two men. Raul Sanllehi, the former Barcelona Director of Football, is Arsenal’s new Head of Football, while former Commercial Director Vinai Venkatesham is now Managing Director.
The pair spoke recently about sharing the duties and responsibilities, with Sanllehi saying, “This is a modern organisation. This is only one organisation.
“We are two leaders. We have two different areas which are very compatible and not separate. He is going to be participating in most of my decision making, the same way I’m going to be with him.
“We both have offices here in Colney and at Highbury House, we’re neighbours all the time. We’re going to be working together. We have our areas of expertise.
To put it in a simple way, he’s off-field, I’m on-field. We can work very well and have already done that before. We know each other for seven years … I don’t foresee many areas of conflict.”
So, we’ll have to wait and see what kind of duo they make. Will it be dynamic, like Batman and Robin, or the boardroom equivalent of Silvestre and Squillaci?
Let’s hope it’s the former.