Gazidis: Time for young guns to deliver

Arsenal chief executive Ivan Gazidis believes the time has come for Arsene Wenger’s young Gunners to deliver the goods.

Wenger has forged a reputation during his 13-year tenure in North London for signing unproven talent and converting them into stars for both club and country.

However, following a fourth consecutive season without a trophy for the Emirates Stadium outfit, the Frenchman has begun to receive criticism for his tried and tested transfer policy, with Arsenal fans now eager for their iconic boss to recruit several experienced heads to compliment their well-stocked armoury of whiz-kids.

And Gazidis, who took up his post with the Gunners in January, says now is the time for the club's flock of youngsters to stand up and be counted.

“Fundamentally, we believe in the squad that Arsene has been developing," he said in The Guardian.

"We talk about potential, but at some point potential needs to deliver. It is not enough for Arsenal to be just competing and reaching the top four.”

However, the former deputy commissioner of Major League Soccer in the USA did have some reassuring words for Arsenal fans.

“We have secured some key contracts and have positioned ourselves well for next season. I think the club is in a very promising position,” he said.

“While we were disappointed at the end of the season, this is a young team which is going to improve year by year and, with a few additions, can be very competitive.”

So far this summer, the Gunners have signed promising Belgium defender Thomas Vermaelen, and have secured Kieran Gibbs, Theo Walcott and Robin van Persie on new contracts.

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