Arsenal CEO Ivan Gazidis expressed his delight after the Gunners emphatic FA Cup victory on Saturday and hopes winning the trophy will be a springboard for the club to have success on more fronts next season.
The Gunners ended the campaign seven points behind league winners Manchester City, but can rejoice after finally ending their nine year trophy drought. The club are in a strong position financially, with Gazidis confirming they will make the necessary improvements this summer.
The Gunners businessman is clearly feeling inspired after watching his club claim the illustrious domestic trophy, suggesting he will be getting straight back into the office to help improve his sides chances of further silverware.
He told Arsenal’s official website after the FA Cup victory:
We have a good platform to build on – today’s [Saturday] a great day for us to celebrate and we should do that as the Arsenal family.
But tomorrow we start work again and we’ve got to use this to progress the club, to take it forward. This was a very big step, to have the players understand what it takes to come through that kind of adversity, to get over the line whatever it took is a big step and now we need to take the next step.
It was very big. It really colours the season. You come out and think we were seven points away from winning the double and that gives you encouragement to move forward and make the improvements we have to make. We know we’re still a work in progress but this is a big step, a big platform and we can build on this, and we will.
Arsenal have some serious spending to do during the upcoming transfer window, with a number of positions requiring added strength. Arsene Wenger’s side have a strong backbone to develop upon, but a number of experienced heads could be departing this summer in the form of Lukas Fabianski, Thomas Vermaelen and Bacary Sagna, while a top class striker is a long overdue acquisition.
Gazidis has seen firsthand what impact the Ozil-effect had on and off the pitch earlier this season, which will breathe plenty of confidence into the CEO’s mind over splashing out on another big money transfer. That said luckily the Amerian didn’t boast about the apparent £100m transfer kitty, otherwise every players value would have jumped up by £5-10m!
Get to work on some deals Ivan and re-sign Fabianski and Sagna!