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Gazidis Will Need To 'Hit The Ground Running'
Times Online, November 26th, 2008 12:45PM



One of the reasons that Arsenal has recruited Ivan Gazidis is his reputation for negotiating player contracts, writes Tom Dart. Gazidis, a "significant figure in bringing David Beckham to America," will work closely with manager Arsene Wenger on player recruitment and contract issues.

"Given the obvious need for Arsenal to recruit wisely in the January transfer window if they are to challenge for honors this season, he will be required to hit the ground running," writes Dart. His skill as a contract negotiator will be important "considering the recent problems Arsenal have endured, with the futures of Emmanuel Adebayor and Alexander Hleb becoming long-drawn-out sagas last summer, and the need for Arsenal to remain among Europe's elite even though other clubs offer bigger salaries."

Dart says that the influence of Denver Nuggets and Colorado Rapids owner and Arsenal minority shareholder Stanley Kroenke likely played a key role in the recruitment of Gazidis, who "has won a solid reputation within the game during his 14 years with the league." And his pay? "Since Gazidis reportedly turned down a seven-figure offer from Manchester City to be their new chief executive, persuading him to uproot his family from Connecticut will not have been cheap."


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