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Arsenal chief promises Gunners will make amends after Bradford nightmare

Arsenal's Jack Wilshere (crouched) and Tomas Rosicky looks dejected after a penalty shootout defeat to Bradford City. Photo: Mike Egerton/EMPICS Arsenal's Jack Wilshere (crouched) and Tomas Rosicky looks dejected after a penalty shootout defeat to Bradford City. Photo: Mike Egerton/EMPICS

Thursday, December 13, 2012
11:23 AM

Chief executive Ivan Gazidis has admitted that Arsenal’s Capital One Cup humiliation was “not good enough” and promised the club will put all their efforts into bringing success back to the club.

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Gazidis met with fans’ groups last night following the quarter-final exit at Valley Parade on Tuesday which has heaped further pressure on manager Arsene Wenger.

“(Tuesday night) was simply not good enough and it made us all upset and angry,” he said in quotes reported by several national newspapers.

“I would like to apologise to all of you (the supporters), especially the fans who travelled up there. It was unbelievable support as ever and you deserved better.

“That is something we will work hard to put right. We all work here and are desperate to deliver the success and trophies we all want.

“Look into the eyes of the staff here, look at the way they all talk. We will get this right.”

Arsenal Supporters’ Trust spokesman Tim Payton also said Gazidis had promised “significant funds” were available to strengthen the squad.

Payton added: “This is the most difficult time in Arsene’s 16 years and both the club and himself need to change direction quickly if his wonderful era is not to end on a sad note.

“The Arsenal Supporters’ Trust cannot fathom why £70million was left untouched this summer. Arsene needs to get over his distaste for spending and use the resources that after all are provided by the hard-pressed fans who watch the team.

“The AST believe a shake-up is needed. We would like to see new, younger blood added to the board, and they also need to exercise more control and direction over Arsene’s football strategy.”

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