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Thursday, November 15, 2012
Arsenal can compete with world's best - Gazidis
The Gunners chief executive has moved to reassure worried and
disillusioned fans by insisting the club has "an outstanding platform"
to compete at the highest level
chief executive Ivan Gazidis insists the club are well-placed to
compete at the highest level of the European game in the coming years
despite a torrent of fan criticism.
The Gunners have made their
worst start to a campaign in the Premier League era and their last piece
of silverware was an FA Cup triumph back in 2005.
But Gazidis has urged fans to be patient,
revealing the club's hierarachy has plans in place which will catapult
Arsenal back to the top table of domestic and continental competition.
He told BBC Sport: "As we look to the next two, three years we will have an outstanding platform on which to compete with any club in the world."
moving from Highbury to the Emirates in 2006, Arsenal have increased
their turnover by £65 million to £243m and are hoping to pull off major
commerical deals that will strengthen their finances.
Gunners' shirt sponsorship and manufacturer deals are up for renewal
next season - something Gazidis believes will help further improve their
"Now we are in that stadium, the first part of our vision has been realised," he added.
"Now we are at the stage where some of the commercial deals that were
tied into the construction of the stadium, and enabled us to take that
first big step, will be renegotiated.
"When that happens, we will take the second big step forward and that
will be comparable in magnitude to moving to the stadium itself.
"At times it's been a challenging project, but we will have
catapulted ourselves into the elite clubs on the European scale and
that, for us, has been what the last 10 years has been about.
"Very clearly, it will push the club forward and put us into the top
five clubs in the world in revenue terms, which will be a fantastic
position to be in."
Gazidis also feels Uefa's Financial Fair Play regulations - which will
come into play next season - can only improve Arsenal's ability to
compete with Europe's best on a financial level.
financial capability develops, as economic rationality enters the world
of football, our ability to compete at salary levels for the very best
talent will be enhanced," he continued.
"Uefa are under
tremendous scrutiny and pressure. Every indication we have ever had from
Uefa is that they are very serious about this.
"Michel Platini has created this as his platform and if they don't
enforce FFP well and strictly, their credibility will be shot and they
are very well aware of that."