GAZIDIS: Time for Arsenal to deliver some silverware
PUBLISHED: 20:06 07 July 2009 | UPDATED: 16:17 07 September 2010
Arsenal chief executive Ivan Gazidis has admitted it is time for Arsene Wenger s young squad to finally deliver silverware next season. The Gunners last trophy, the FA Cup, came in 2005 and Arsenal fans are demanding a trophy after seeing Chelsea overtake
Arsenal chief executive Ivan Gazidis has admitted it is time for Arsene Wenger's young squad to finally deliver silverware next season.
The Gunners last trophy, the FA Cup, came in 2005 and Arsenal fans are demanding a trophy after seeing Chelsea overtake them as the No1 rival to Manchester United.
Gazidis has now also revealed his frustration.
"Fundamentally we believe in the squad that Arsene has been developing," he told blogging site, oleole.com.
"I certainly acknowledge this is a big year for us - and it is a big year for those players. We talk about potential, but at some point potential needs to deliver."
He also scotched talk that the Arsenal Board are happy for a top four finish - and Champions League football - every season, a charge levelled at them by some fans.
"At the end of the day it is not enough for Arsenal to be just competing and reaching the top four," he added.
"I believe it is a very creditable performance by a group of young players, but at the same time I also think that every player in our squad, our manager, and me, has higher ambitions.
"If we ever felt coming in the top four was good enough, then we should not be doing what we are doing."
But, he noted with caution, the club will not break the bank for success.
"I would say this - no clubs have unlimited resources," he concluded.
"I know it seems like it at times, and they may act like it for a period of time, but at some point every club has limited resources.
"We are acting in a way that acknowledges that behind a very, very solid business model."
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