Date: 26th November 2008 at 9:21am
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Who?

Relax, it’s not a player. The Gunners have finally appointed a new Chief Executive in the form of Ivan Gazidis.

Gazidis is currently deputy commissioner in the MLS and has been in the organisation for 14 years and will begin his duties with the Gunners in January.

Gazidis is extremely chuffed with his new job, “I have been privileged in my 14 years with MLS to have worked with and for some of the best sports executives and owners in the world, whose vision, commitment and expertise have taken the league from strength to strength and provided a solid platform for its future growth. I am delighted to be offered the opportunity to bring that experience to bear at Arsenal – a club rich in heritage and tradition – that is superbly positioned for success in the modern era. I relish the prospect of working with the key stakeholders to further propel the Club forward. It is nearly 16 years since I left the UK but I`m very much looking forward to returning in January.”

Peter Hill-Wood was highly complimentary of Gazidis, “Ivan`s credentials are first class. It is evident that he has a wealth of business acumen together with a broad knowledge of football that will not only help to maintain Arsenal`s pre-eminent standing but enhance our reputation within the football community and international commercial markets.”

Could this appointment been down to Silent Stan’s first real influence on the future of Arsenal Football Club?