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Name Ivan Gazidis
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Job CEO of AC Milan
  ex CEO of Arsenal FC
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Org AC Milan
  Arsenal FC [ex]

2013 09 02 Retrieve

[German international Ozil joins Arsenal] This is an exciting day for all of us. We have signed a world-class player who is one of Europe’s brightest young talents. Mr Kroenke, our controlling owner, has always fully supported Arsène and the Club in making significant investments to strengthen our squad and to bring in talented players who fit our style and ambitions. Like all of us, Mr Kroenke wants to see Arsenal winning titles and trophies and he has absolute faith and belief in our manager to achieve that. We will continue to work towards that goal and look forward to an exciting season

2017 06 03 Retrieve

[Ivan Gazidis told the Frenchman’s time in North London may extend beyond the term of his new deal] That is an assessment we continue to make as we move into the future, and who knows what the future holds. This is a two-year deal, so we are looking at at least the next two years. Again, at some point of course, we will have to transition to the era beyond Arsene Wenger and that is not a sentimental connection that we have, that is a connection that is driven by what is best for the football club … Arsene would not make this commitment, if he did not believe he could push this club forward

2018 05 24 Retrieve

[Arsenal chief executive Ivan Gazidis says the research Unai Emery had done on the club’s young talent was one of the reasons for his appointment as the club’s new head coach] What was really impressive was when you scratched the surface to go deeper and deeper and deeper

If we were speaking about one of our young players, if we targeted Ainsley Maitland-Niles for example, Unai knows Ainsley. He’s watched him, he’s familiar with his patterns of play, his capabilities, he’s very excited about his potential and was able to talk about how excited he was to work with Ainsley, to develop him as a player

Very specifically, when you asked the follow-up question and the follow-up question and the follow-up question, you’d get more and more depth about how exactly he would do that, exactly how him and his team would work with an individual player to develop them into the best player they can possibly be and also within the team dynamic

There are a lot of platitudes in the game of football, a lot, and people can speak at a surface level very easily to sound confident and impressive. What’s impressive to me is when you scratch through that and you get deeply involved in what exactly they mean

[Gazidis, however, is under no illusions about the size of the task facing Emery, who won a domestic treble before leaving PSG] The hard work starts right now. We are right into the transfer window of course, but we’re also into many other things such as how we’re going to integrate his team, how we think about pre-season planning, how the teams are going to work together

There’s a lot of work to be done now to integrate this new team into our existing team. I know that we can do that successfully but it’s going to take hard work through the summer. There’s been obviously a lot of question marks as we’ve gone through this period of transition over recent weeks but now it’s really time to look forward as a football club

I am really excited about Unai’s appointment. I feel he’s a great fit for our football club. His value set, the way he conducts himself is really Arsenal class. Underneath that, you’ve got all of the technical side that he brings to the table and then on top of it all, which our fans will connect with, is this passion for the game and this energy. Once he brings that into the Emirates and into the Premier League, our fans are going to feel electrified by it

We don’t know what the journey will hold exactly, and there will certainly be ups and downs, but I think our fans will appreciate the commitment and the passion that we’re bringing to this effort and I think they’ll be behind us on this journey

2019 09 20 Retrieve

[AC Milan are set to launch an anti-racism task force to tackle discrimination in Italian football] Italian football needs to wake up and take a strong stance against racist behaviour. AC Milan will take a leadership position on this issue, promoting basic human values that are relevant to us all. Football provides a powerful example of the strength of unity and teamwork. Diversity, inclusion and tolerance enhance the strength of the team, the club and of society as a whole. We believe that we have a moral obligation to do everything we can to address this issue. This first significant step aims to visibly demonstrate that we will be proactive in our efforts to tackle racism in football. These values transcend football rivalries and we are delighted to have the support of Inter for this initiative

2019 11 20 Retrieve

[Then CEO of Arsenal Ivan Gazidis said about Unai Emery appointed as manager] Unai has an outstanding track record of success throughout his career, has developed some of the best young talent in Europe and plays an exciting, progressive style of football that fits Arsenal perfectly. His hard-working and passionate approach and his sense of values on and off the pitch make him the ideal person to take us forward.

2019 10 09 Retrieve

[AC Milan CEO claims to have saved the club from bankruptcy as he defends Stefano Pioli appointment] It’s a decision we all made together, but we had to put Milan first. We understand our fans, I understand their frustration, we’re in trouble, but we’re working to fix things. We inherited a club that risked going bankrupt and could’ve dropped into Serie B like Parma and Fiorentina. We found debts that took us out of cup competitions. We’ve had to face difficulties, that’s undeniable.

The road is a difficult one, but we have to be patient. We’ll still make mistakes, but we’re determined. We want to bring Milan up again, both in Italy and Europe. We’ll continue on our journey, we’re ambitious, as seen by our desire to build a new stadium, with an investment of €1.2 billion, which can give us new revenue streams and will lead to the arrival of new players. We make all our decisions together. We’re one of the clubs who have invested the most in Europe, our team has been improved and our fans will soon see the new signings and understand why we bought them

[Most recently in charge of Fiorentina, Gazidis sees Pioli as the perfect person to take AC Milan forward] There’s still time for us to get back on track. We’ll always fight for big objectives. Pioli’s an experienced coach who can enhance our young players. We look forward and at the journey we have to make together with optimism. I’ve not said much so far, but things will improve. I want to convince the fans that we really want to bring Milan back up

2019 10 14 Retrieve

[Speaking last week, Rossoneri CEO Ivan Gazidis claimed Silvio Berlusconi’s AC Milan was close to bankruptcy when he took over and that their rebuild is one that will require patience] We inherited a club that risked going bankrupt and could’ve dropped into Serie B like Parma and Fiorentina. We found debts that took us out of cup competitions. We’ve had to face difficulties, that’s undeniable. The road is a difficult one, but we have to be patient. We’ll still make mistakes, but we’re determined

2020 03 07 Retrieve

[AC Milan confirm sacking of CFO Zvonimir Boban after falling-out with CEO Gazidis] We thank [Zvonimir Boban] for his efforts over the past nine months and wish him well in his future endeavours. We must now turn our attention to football and the important games to come. Stefano Pioli and his staff are doing an exceptional job growing the performances of the team every week and will have our full support as they continue this work, in what is a difficult time for the country

2020 04 05 Retrieve

[AC Milan chief Gazidis says clubs must help restore ‘hope and joy’ after coronavirus] Football is a source of joy, which is very important. We will do our part in rebuilding hope and joy, the pride and solidarity when we overcome this terrible moment. Clubs are not just companies that play football, they have a role in the community and represent values without which football would be nothing. We will be remembered for how we behave in these days, we want you to feel that AC Milan is beside you, we want to make you proud

Let us stay united in these difficult moments and we will be an even more tightly knit team, once we’ve overcome this crisis. More human, more united, stronger than ever