It seems the long-running saga of Ivan Gazidis’ future at Arsenal is coming to an end, with our current CEO close to joining the revolution at AC Milan.
Last week saw some real, tangible news regarding the issue, with AC Milan president Paolo Scaroni stating “Negotiations with Gazidis are ongoing. The process of selecting a CEO must be done well and calmly.”
It is known that Gazidis has close ties with board members of the Italian club from his time in the USA, but his choice of time to sever links with Arsenal is a strange one. Gazidis has been behind the big moves behind the scenes at our club. Raul Sanllehi, Sven Mislintat and our new coach, Unai Emery, were all moves pushed by Gazidis.
This new era at Arsenal has strong overtones of Gazidis and all the pieces have now fallen into place, so we could concentrate on pushing the club forward. However, it now appears that Gazidis has decided his work is done, perhaps when we needed him most.
With so many new pieces in play at the club, having Gazidis to oversee everything - Ivan has been at the club for the best part of a decade - would mean that we would have someone who knows the club inside out.
There is also the small matter of the impending Kroenke ownership issue.
With the American pretty much signed and sealed as our sole owner in terms of shares, Gazidis could have been the go-between with the possible turbulence that may come with the Kroenke family owning Arsenal, entirely.
Instead, we are looking at Gazidis’ possible replacement being - Josh Kroenke.
Decisions across the club will be made entirely by the American family, and it could be viewed by many that Gazidis, who has so often been the man who has given us messages from the club and sworn loyalty to Arsenal - is leaving before his job is finished.
Gazidis seems to be mere days away from joining the San Siro club, and we are inching towards a Kroenke totalitarian approach.
This could get messy.