Arsenal Chief Executive, Ivan Gazidis has echoed the sentiments of Arsenal majority shareholder Stan Kroenke by saying Arsenal’s failed title challenge last season has left everyone associated to the club frustrated.
It will be recalled that Stan Kroenke said earlier in the week that sports is no fun when trophies are not involved.
Speaking in a wide range interview reported by ESPN, Ivan Gazidis has also admitted the club’s failure to win the title last season infuriated everyone and that he shares the frustrations emanating from the club’s fans, especially in light of Leicester City’s run to the title in a season when the usual challengers like Chelsea and Manchester United struggled.
“Our fan base is frustrated that we didn’t win last season. We’re frustrated that we didn’t win last season. I am [frustrated]. Stan Kroenke as our owner is [frustrated]. Arsene is [frustrated]. Nobody is more frustrated than he is; [we all are] disappointed that we didn’t finish on top because that’s our goal.”
Speaking about people from within and outside the club who are of the opinion that the club hasn’t progressed in recent years, Gazidis said, “I think one of the challenges we have as a club, is that because we have constant [presence] and have somebody who is resilient, consistent, disciplined, and clear in his thinking, perhaps sometimes people outside can get the impression that there is nothing changing.
“And nothing could be further from the truth. We’ve made dramatic changes in how we operate as a football club, in all of the areas I mentioned.
“We have to be world-leading in those areas, and Arsene has been not just deeply engaged in those areas, but driving many of those areas forward.”
Gazidis has also said Arsene Wenger has the backing of the board. Read more about that here.
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