''WE'LL START WINNING TROPHIES IN 2014'' GAZIDIS TELLLS ARSENAL FANS
Arsenal will be able to compete with the
world's biggest and best clubs as UEFA's Financial Fair Play
regulations become more rigorously enforced, chief executive Ivan
Gazidis told shareholders at the Gunners' annual general meeting on
Lacklustre displays of the team have again brought
the future of Arsene Wenger's side into question, as they look to
recover from the £24million summer sale of captain Robin van Persie to
Manchester United and to end a trophy drought which now runs back to the
2005 FA Cup. However, Chief Executive
Gazidis sees positives times ahead, with UEFA imposing tighter controls
on club spending in relation to revenue over the next couple of years.
Gazidis said: 'In the next two years,
we will have the financial resources to sit and compete among the
leading clubs in the world, which is an extraordinary achievement. 'Financial
success is relevant because it supports our football vision... the
money we make is made available to our manager and he decides how to
invest those funds.
Wenger has not won a trophy since the 2005 FA Cup but the Frenchman maintained qualification for the Champions League should retain value ahead of just any old silverware.
He added that securing qualification for the Champions League is a bigger 'trophy' than winning the FA Cup.
He told the audience: "For me there are five
trophies: Premier League, Champions League, the third is to qualify for
the Champions League, the fourth is the FA Cup and the fifth in the
"A player does not want to know if you've won the League Cup."
The Frenchman also appealed for calm and renewed support from Arsenal fans after a poor recent run of form.
used to say to the players 'our job is not to talk, but to produce
performances', so I am not very comfortable to speak to you," he added.
"I know there seems to be a lot of dissatisfaction and I can understand but it’s important we don’t go overboard.
"We hit a wall in the past two games in an unexplainable way, but this team can deliver. I am optimistic."
Earlier, fans took the club's hierarchy to
task at their annual general meeting after a satirical flyer was handed
out to supporters, with chief executive Ivan Gazidis the main target.
With the club sat ninth in the Premier League table following an
indifferent start to the new campaign, the losses to Norwich and Schalke
within the last five days have led disgruntled fans to distributing the
The flyer lists six criteria to become a
member of the Arsenal board, with rising ticket prices and a lack of
improvement on the pitch given notable exposure. It reads:
"1. Ensure best players are sold each summer.
2. Punish fans in the pocket (again).
3. Keep on that top 4 is a trophy.
4. Spin about the club's ambition.
5. Gamble by placing all eggs in the FFP basket, with no plan B.
6. No silverware required. Package: £2.15m PER YEAR."
The leaflet then finishes on the line "ever get the feeling that you're being ripped off?"