Amid Intense and constant speculation and new reports about Arsenal CEO Ivan Gazidis ditching the ship and heading off to Italy, Arsenal have issued an official statement in order to put an end to the constant speculation for now and deal with this head on.
Milan have recently been taken over by an American hedge fund called Elliot Management and it is believed that they have been intensely pushing for Arsenal Chief Executive to take over as their Managing Director over their new investment.who replaced Arsene Wenger with new boss Unai Emeryand has actively let the reshuffle behind the scenes over the past one year and a half or so by bringing in a variety of new faces in order to put in a meticulous and efficient organizational structure in place instead of the one man policy that Arsene Wenger had enjoyed for over two decades.
The arrival of Head coach Unai Emery had been preceded with the arrival of head Scout Sven Mislintat, Head of footballing operations Raul Sanllehi, Chief Negotiator and transfer fixer Huss Fahmy and a host of other personal in various roles all around.
And now it seems the man that has brought them all to the club and set up a beautiful transitional structure in place for change of guard and basically one with all the power for himself finally will now apparently head off to Italy according to reports in Sky Sports.
Gazzetta dello Sport: Gazidis [to Milan] is almost done. pic.twitter.com/5pPdxsZke8
— Arsènic™ (@MrArsenicTM) July 24, 2018
While basically confirming that Ivan Gazidis had received offers from somewhere the Arsenal Chairman has publicly issued the following statement denying any acceptance of any sort of deal from Ivan Gazidis as per his knowledge that is ofcourse.
Here is the full statement as said on the Arsenal official website :
So what does this mean, well basically while Gazidis may not have publicly informed anyone on then Arsenal board yet if the statement is to be believed, it is quite possible that a deal between him and the Elliot Management trust is in the works and pending official confirmation.
“We are aware of the speculation surrounding our chief executive Ivan Gazidis.
We know he receives many offers from organisations inside and outside the game as he’s a hugely respected figure.
He has never accepted any of these opportunities and has never spoken about them publicly.
He has always been fully committed to taking Arsenal forward and is currently working hard in Singapore with our new head coach Unai Emery as we prepare for the new season.”
For now this seems like a publicity stance by the club bracing themselves for damage control while at the same time giving themselves time to prepare for the way forward. While all that Glitters is not gold, gold does glitter so for all the news agencies based in Milan, from the United States to be reporting the same series of news about a agreement for Gazidis to be officially declared as the new head of affairs at AC Milan in the coming days, it is quite obvious that something has happened and the best way to reveal to the public is now being decided.
From this statement it seems either Arsenal are completely unaware about the links between Gazidis and the Elliot Trust and have been kept completely out of the loop as Gazidis continues to deal with them or they have finally been made aware of the actual scenario and in order to prevent distraction and constant speculation at every news conference, disarray on the tour and speculation between the players and fans, Arsenal have decided to put the rumors to bed for now in order to salvage a respite from the news hits and buy themselves time by categorically denying any knowledge whatsoever.
The Gazidis story is such a difficult one to get a grip on. Arsenal sources insisting it's just 'noise'. He's here and it's business as usual. Emery convinced he is staying and 'committed'. Yet the reports in Italy say done deal. All very strange.
— Charles Watts (@charles_watts) July 25, 2018
Quite an hell of a head hunter for Milan to have that they have managed to lure in the most powerful man at Arsenal FC at a time when Ivan Gazidis finally managed to get a taste of all that he had been craving basically for the last decade or so.