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Ivan Gazidis faced the wrath of some Arsenal fans on Tuesday night when he took to the stage at a Q&A at Emirates Stadium.
The Gunners chief executive was the star guest, alongside Ray Parlour, at the end of season event staged by the Arsenal Supporters’ Trust.
Gazidis, who earlier in the year promised last season would be seen as a catalyst for change, was quizzed on a number of subjects throughout the evening.
He was asked to explain why Arsene Wenger was handed a new contract, why the disconnect between the club and fans were growing and what was happening in the transfer market this summer.
Here are some of the best quotes from the night.
Gazidis on Arsenal’s transfer policies
“We spent an unprecedented amount (in the 2016 transfer window). Over £110m during that summer.
“We have signed one of the players in the Bundesliga team of the season (Sead Kolasinac)
“We’re looking for top quality additions.”
On Stan Kroenke
“If you think it’s all about money (with Kroenke) there are far more easier ways than owning sports teams.
“He hasn’t put any debt on the club, he wanted us to go out and spend the money we generated from new commercial deals on the squad.
“Nobody has ever been held back by Stan Kroenke, he has been nothing but supportive.”
“Some people want an oligarch owner that puts money into the club and I understand that
“But most wouldn’t want that. We are standing on our own two feet.”
On the current mood at the club
“We have a lack of unity at this club.
“I care about the club and those values. I want the club to be successful.
“There is an enormous amount about this club to be very proud of. Most fans are proud of the way that we run this club.”
On a shake-up behind the scenes
“I believe that to be a world class football club you’ve got to be world class off the pitch.
“We’ve got three times as many scouts as we had four years ago.
“We have added some top quality people in backroom. Contract negotiator, fitness man.
“There will be more in weeks ahead’
On Arsene Wenger getting a new contract
“It wasn’t a sentimental decision. It was a mutual one.
“The decision was made against the ambition to win the Premier League.
“This job is a massive responsibility and we need someone who can carry the weight of that and has the experience.
“We understand there is disagreement in that amongst the fans, but the board has to make decisions focused on what is right.”