Gazidis: Arsenal to adopt Leicester’s approach

Arsenal CEO Ivan Gazidis says that his club will model their transfer dealings after that of Leicester City and that the Foxes’ success is great for football.

Gazidis, who took over as Gunners chief in 2008, has made it clear that fans should not expect their club to splash out on new players and that the current Premiership champions have set the standard for successfull transfer dealings.

“We’re making progress in what is a fiercely competitive world, against competitors that have the capability to spend far more money than we do,” the 64-year-old told ESPN.

“We’re doing it by being very, very disciplined; spending money where we believe it makes a difference, but also giving young players a chance and believing in ourselves and our values.

“Leicester identified players from the French second division, so maybe there’s talent that we’ve been overlooking. They did their talent identification [well], they had great unity within the group, as well as quality.

“It wasn’t built on money. It was built on the great fitness work they did. It was built on all of these other elements. I think that’s going to be a continuing trend within the Premier League.”

On the topic of the East Midlands club’s remarkable achievement, Gazidis was effusive in his opinion.

“I think its fantastic news for the Premier League, I think its fantastic news for fans of football,” he said. “And I think it’s good news for fans of Arsenal because I think the keys to success will be how well you do things, and not just about financial firepower.”