Ivan Gazidis is reportedly mulling over an offer from AC Milan to become their new Chief Executive.
This story has been rumbling for some weeks now, states that our current Chief Executive has been offered the same role at the Italian club, but for 1m more per season. Gazidis currently earns 2.6m at Arsenal, and has links with the new ownership of the San Siro based club, Elliot Management. This group is thought to be able to capitalise a push up the Serie A table and has the readies to establish AC Milan as the heavyweights of Europe they once were.
This revolution is thought to be the reason why Gazidis is strongly considering the approach, even though his job at Arsenal isn’t yet complete. The 53 year old may feel he has taken Arsenal as far as he can, after overseeing a crucial period which saw Arsene Wenger replaced by Unai Emery.
Gazidis has been at Arsenal for ten years now, and has managed to see the Gunners through some choppy waters, and also kept the club on a sound financial footing through some shrewd business deals. With the Emirates and Puma deals ending soon though, Gazidis will know he still has some scope to make Arsenal a far more lucrative proposition - the deals that were brokered back then have left us languishing behind clubs that are lesser in stature, so we are in a delicate period that needs a steady hand on the wheel.
There can be none steadier than someone who knows the club, and having to replace our CEO at such a time would no doubt have a detrimental effect on negotiations.
Not only this, but the backroom hierarchy has all been overseen by Gazidis, from the recruitment side of things with Sven Mislintat, to the corporate and contract side of things with Raul Sanllehi. Gazidis going now would be a blow.
With Kroenke now the absolute owner of the club, it would come down to he and his son Josh to recruit someone who is qualified to push us on - and this could go either way.
We need continuity right now, with Emery looking to put down his vision and Arsenal looking to claw back to where we once were.
AC Milan are a huge draw though, so we could be bereft of Gazidis, who might not be able to resist the potential to rejuvenate a fallen giant.