Can Arsenal really compete with the world's best? The Gunner's chief executive believes so.
Ivan Gazidis is Arsenal's chief executive, and he certainly is not the most popular man in the Gunner's boardroom among supporters, even if his salary means he is the best remunerated.
He made a few comments yesterday which certainly got supporters talking, namely his belief that Arsenal can compete with the best in the world. And to be fair he's right, Arsenal can, but can they beat the best in the world and win trophies? That is what supporters want to know.
"As we look to the next two, three years we will have an outstanding platform on which to compete with any club in the world.
"Now we are at the stage where some of the commercial deals that were tied into the construction of the stadium, and enabled us to take that first big step, will be renegotiated.
"Very clearly, it will push the club forward and put us into the top five clubs in the world in revenue terms, which will be a fantastic position to be in."
Commendable, and financial success should brew on-pitch success, but do fans have the patience? Do they want to hear their chief executive talking about success in football terms, or revenue terms?
Here is what fans had to say on Twitter...
@netw3rk: Arsenal supporters will stick around. The mistake Gazidis & Arsenal keep making is expecting their players to.
@arsenalsheep: The thing about Gazidis is he's very confident,admirable and comes over very well. However he hasn't rewarded us fans for our patience
@geordie_gunner: Ivan Gazidis needs to stay out of Arsenal
@danniyalahmad: Ivan Gazidis is delusional
@raminagha: Talk less money and more football...
@garyeaston: Nice to see Gazidis is out telling us that we are definetly in a position to challenge in the next 2-3 years.
@dannysixkiller: We want our Arsenal back! More total BS from greedy profiteering board! Heard it B4 "Rosy future for Arsenal" - Gazidis
@j_broz14: Ivan Gazidis reminds me of a Derek "Delboy" Trotter from "Only Fools & Horses". "This time in 2014 we will compete with everyone!"
@tonepl7: I see Gazidis is chatting sh!t again
@bradders1066: Ivan Gazidis has assured fans the club will be able to compete with any side in the world over the next few seasons. But not on the pitch
@samjames31: reassuring words from gazidis
#firsttimeforeverything dont believe him though
@roweym10: When Gazidis says that we can compete in 2/3 yrs is that the the same as Diaby will be out for 2/3 weeks?
What is your view on the chief executive's comments?