Arsenal News: CEO Ivan Gazidis Expecting More Transfer Activity From Gunners
Arsenal Chief Executive Ivan Gazidis said that the Gunners were not finished with their business in the summer transfer window and were not shy of investing further in quality players, if needed. Gazidis said he expected Arsene Wenger to be active for the remainder of the window, but chose not to divulge who Arsenal’s targets were.
Talking to the official website of the club, Gazidis said-
“We still will be active in this window,”
“We haven’t finished our business at all. We’re just not conducting it publicly; we’re working hard privately.
“I’m was out in Asia because I could be with Arsène for an extended period of time and think very, very carefully about strategy and targets.”
Gazidis admitted that there were weaknesses and cracks in the current Arsenal side, as evidenced by their late collapse last season, which ended without a trophy. He assured the fans that much work was being done behind-the-scenes but refused from making a public clamour about it, as that was just not Arsenal’s style of conducting transfers.
“We understand where the weaknesses have been. Financially we’re in a strong position, we have resources to spend. We’re certainly not sitting there saying ‘let’s hold back on our resources’ for some reason, why would we?
“The resources are there. We’ve got a substantial amount of money that we can invest. The important thing for us, which can be frustrating, is not doing it only in response to a public clamour but in a way that can positively impact our performance next year. That’s the focus now.”
Arsenal have brought Carl Jenkinson from Charlton for 1 million pounds and Gervinho from Lille for close to 11 million pounds so far. They are oscillating regarding a deal for Costa Rican striker Joel Campbell at the moment, with the move hovering near completion one instant and looking like breaking down the next.
It is widely believed that Arsenal require a commanding centre back, and have been linked with a host of names including Bolton’s Gary Cahill, Blackburn’s Chris Samba and Werder Bremen’s Per Mertesacker.
It remains to be seen whether Arsenal correctly identify their targets and procure their services with a minimum of fuss as is their wont. The current market is crazy and inflated, and ideal methods may not always pay the right dividends. Stay tuned for more in this regard.