Arsenal chief executive Ivan Gazidis held his end of season event with the Arsenal Supporters Trust on Friday and was accompanied by Ian Wright in what was a light-hearted event compared to previous meetings. Arseblog has released the transcript from the entire event and the tone of the evening seemed relaxed.
Tangible progress has allowed Gazidis to engage in more respectable dialogue with the fans which is a stark contrast to the abuse he received on an annual basis when we were selling our best players and failing to attract top talent.
Back-to-back FA Cup victories and the arrivals of Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil have calmed the storm, but the fans were still eager to know the answer to one question.
‘What do you think of Tottenham?’ was asked by a questioner to which Ian Wright responded to in typical fashion.
“I’m with Jack Wilshere, man,” Wright stated.
“But in seriousness, when we play Tottenham, Jack’s gonna get some stick and those fans aren’t gonna get charged with disrepute.”
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Gazidis was next to follow up on his thoughts regarding the question and instead chose to focus on Wilshere’s passion and his rapport with the fans.
“One of the problems we have in the modern game is that players are divorced from fans,” our CEO eloquently answered.
“I’m not trying to justify what Jack did, but he’s a young man that is clearly one of you, he is a fan, he loves the club and understand what it means.”
“That connection with the club, you feel it the minute Ian gets on the stage and in 20-30 years from now, we’ll have Jack Wilshere on stage here and he’ll get the same reception Ian got.”
Wilshere’s relationship with the fans is one that cannot be replicated or replaced, and the fact that he happens to be a glorious footballer also strengthens the bond.
His double against England reminded many of his talents and should he stay fit, he can look forward to a future where he becomes the leading man for both club and country.