Ivan Gazidis has been a divisive figure at Arsenal during his time as chief executive.
One of the businessman’s biggest tests came at the end of the season when Arsene Wenger walked away from his 22-year tenure as manager.
Gazidis led the way as he helped restructure the club’s hierarchy and transfer process.
Unai Emery was selected as Wenger’s successor in the Emirates hotseat, and funds have been available in the transfer kitty as the club have recruited five new players.
With the post-Wenger era seemingly running smoothly, it was a surprise when Corriere dello Sport reported earlier this week that AC Milan are keen to poach Gazidis.
Italian publication Il Giornale has since reported that the 53-year-old has rejected the chance to become part of the boardroom team at the San Siro.
The Serie A giants have recently experienced a shakeup as US hedge fund Elliott Management Corporation now own the club.
After the surprise news of Milan’s alleged interest in Gazidis, Arsenal fans posted their thoughts on Twitter.
If our own CEO Gazidis leaves us now… I would be absolutely livid. Promises how this is the start of a bright future blah blah and then ditches us for a club we battered last year? Would be traitorous. @Arsenal #Gazidis
— Gavin🔴 (@greid_afc) July 19, 2018
If Gazidis is really leaving, it’s a bigger mess than we thought it was 😂😂. He’s only had power like 3 months https://t.co/0TXUK8Tb6P
— AFC 18/19 Loading…. (@Wayne_Writes) July 18, 2018
Going to stick my neck out and say Gazidis isn’t leaving, we are probably not going to sign another player, unless a really talented Wide man become available and we can do a dodgy Mbappe style loan to buy, or Nacho leaves and we sign a LB, lovely fresh approach to AFC transfers!
— Matthew Preece (@MatthewRPreece) July 19, 2018
Gazidis moving to Milan means 1 of 2 is probably true
1) Situation at AFC is a real mess
2) Paul Signer is going to buy Milan from his own fund https://t.co/3qUnmF7o5z
— 1Özil Appreciator (@SageGunner47) July 18, 2018
Gazidis going nowhere. #AFC
— Football Journo (@TheFutbolJourno) July 18, 2018
This is Gazidis’s project now, no way he is leaving now.
— Malayali gooner (@vivekvijoy) July 18, 2018
Gazidis Milan would be a strange move for him and one I can’t see happening.
Just after he gets the control he’s been working for, for a decade!
Taking a pay cut at a mediocre Italian club. Not buying it.
— Rhys Brown (@AFCJups) July 18, 2018
Gazidis leaving does not add up. He finally is in power and more importantly he has been the face of the club during the transition period.
And leaving #AFC for Milan, who the hell does that?
— Dinos The Goat (@DinosGoat) July 18, 2018