Arsenal chief executive takes stab at Tottenham over Bale

Arsenal chief executive Ivan Gazidis took a swipe at local rivals Tottenham Hotspur at the Gunners’ AGM.

Gazidis took his regular place at the Arsenal AGM, taking questions from the club’s shareholders, surrounded by various members of the press and alongside majority shareholder Stan Kroenke and manager Arsene Wenger.

The 49-year-old was asked about Arsenal’s failure to take part in the NBC Premier League promotion in Times Square while there was a huge picture of former Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Gareth Bale on full display.

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The question seemed to be aimed at Tottenham having a strong presence at the promotion at the start of last August, before Bale was eventually sold to Real Madrid for £85 million and why Arsenal weren’t more actively involved in the promotion over the summer.

However, Gazidis dodged a full explanation to Arsenal not having a similar presence with the following answer;

“It's true, there was a Bale poster in Times Square but he doesn't play for Spurs any more, he now plays for one of our rivals,” said the Arsenal chief executive.

Surrounded by a core of pro-Arsenal supporters, it seems he just couldn’t help himself.

image: © andybrannan

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