ARSENAL chief executive Ivan Gazidis has called for the Premier League to consider introducing a sal- ary cap. Gazidis, who earned his spurs in Americas Major League Soccer, where there is a strict wages structure, said the league should seriously look at a captoencouragefinancialstabilityand more even competition between clubs. With Manchester City dominating the summers transfer headlines amid reports of huge fees and wages being offered for top stars, Gazidis has called for a greater responsibility from top- flight clubs. I think it is worth our while to inves- tigate whether there are elements of the salary cap system, which they have in US NFL and baseball (sic), which would benefit football, Gazidis told The Guardian. Clubs have a duty to provide more stability in our business models and some form of wage restraint is one element worth looking at. The idea of a salary cap has never been popular with Premier League owners who, instead, prefer a free and unregulatedsystemwhichallowsthem to pump in money to buy the players they want on whatever salaries they want to pay them. But Gazidis, 44, the former solicitor born in Johannesburg, points out that clubs which rely heavily on rich back- ers need to find new owners quickly when the money runs out and this cre- ates turmoil within football. His comments come as Arsenals board meet today to consider a pro- posal from Russian Alisher Usmanov, the billionaire 25 percent shareholder, for a rights issue to raise money for the club. Major shareholders Danny Fiszman and Stan Kroenke and the other Arse- nal directors are expected to give the Russians proposal a luke-warm reception. Gazidis said: I am open-minded and we have commissioned Roth- schild (the bankers) to advise the board. We have to be sure it can make a real and lasting contribu- tion to the club. London Lite Thursday, 2 July 2009 35 Up for the cap! What Arsenals boss says on salaries Hammer debt to Vieira WEST HAMs new striker Luis Jimenez admits former Arsenal midfielder Patrick Vieira played a major role in convincing him to move to Upton Park. The 25-year-old has joined on a season-long loan from Inter Milan having been reassured he was making the right decision by his former team-mate. Vieira spent nine years playing in the Premier League at Arsenal, but has not made the same impact in Serie A since he left north London to join Juventus in 2005. Jimenez reveals Vieira told him to move to England and said: Ive spoken to Patrick about the Premier League and he loves it. He told me the fans are great and if I get the chance to come I should take it. Now Ive got that chance. Donovan bringsBeckhamtobook DAVID BECKHAM has come under attack from LA Galaxy team-mate Landon Donovan (left, with Beckham). Donovan says: All that we care about at a minimum is that he committed himself to us, in The Beckham Experiment, by Sports Illustrateds Grant Wahl. As time has gone on, that has not proven to be the case in many ways -- on the field, off the field. Does the fact that he earns that much more money come into it? Yeah. If someones paid more than double anybody in the league, the least we expect is that you show up to every game. Show up and train hard, show up and play hard. Beckham is due to make his return for the Galaxy against the New York Red Bulls on July 16, two days after the book is published. LITESPORT system,capsalarythe USinhavetheywhich back-richonheavilyrelywhichclubs quicklyownersnewndfitoneeders cre-thisandoutrunsmoneythewhen football.withinturmoilates ArsenalsascomecommentsHis pro-aconsidertotodaymeetboard Usmanov,AlisherRussianfromposal shareholder,percent25billionairethe theformoneyraisetoissuerightsafor club. FiszmanDannyshareholdersMajor Arse-othertheandKroenkeStanand thegivetoexpectedaredirectorsnal luke-warmaproposalRussians reception. open-mindedamIsaid:Gazidis Roth-commissionedhaveweand advisetobankers)(theschild itsurebetohaveWeboard.the andrealamakecan contribu-lasting Inbrief Inter consider 5m Gallas bid INTER MILAN are considering offering 5m for William Gallas as he enters the final year of his contract. The 31-year-old has not yet discussed a new deal with Arsenal and Inter coach Jose Mourinho is thought to be confident of luring the Frenchman, given the healthy relationship the pair enjoyed at Chelsea. Mourinho is also keen on signing compatriot Ricardo Carvalho from his former club. Chelsea stuck on Pato offer CHELSEA are refusing to give up on their fight to sign Alexandre Pato and are expected to bid again before the weekend. AC Milan have already told Chelsea that the Brazil international is not for sale, but new manager Carlo Ancelotti is still hopeful of getting the 19-year-old. There are reports in Italy that Chelsea will offer up to 51m for Pato as Ancelotti looks to add some flair to the squad. Sevilla are still keen on Zokora SEVILLA will make a final bid for Didier Zokora once they have raised the cash by offloading some of their own players. Although Tottenham are prepared to let the midfielder leave, their 8m price tag has so far proved too high for Sevilla. Sevilla president Jose Maria del Nido is confident a deal will be reached but insists: We have players we are trying to transfer. Everyone just has to stay calm. Ribery Really wants Madrid FRANCK RIBERY has confirmed he wants to leave Bayern Munich and join Real Madrid. The 26-year- old says he would jump at the chance of joining up with the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo, Kaka and Karim Benzema at the Bernabeu. He told LEquipe: I have decided that I want to leave. It will be Real Madrid or nothing. Bayern general manager Uli Hoeness said: Does Franck want to go to Real? For us, that changes absolutely nothing. Pearce makes plea for passion ENGLAND Under-21 coach Stuart Pearce has defended his touchline antics during Mondays Euro final defeat against Germany in Malmo. Pearce became animated during the 4-0 defeat and admits he may have been slightly over zealous on the touchline. But he adds: If some people say I need to calm down, the only thing I would say is that I am very passionate about England winning. BY GEOFF TEATHER Foot off the Gaz: Ivan Gazidis says clubs should show restraint Wengerdelightas Ramsey signs up AARON RAMSEY has pledged his future to Arsenal by signing a long-term contract extension with the Gunners. Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger said: Were delighted that Aaron has signed a new long-term contract. He made a very good contribution in his first season and he showed that he is a very intelligent player with great quality. He is still only 18 and were really looking forward to seeing him develop with us in the forthcoming years. Arsenal signed the 18-year-old (above) from Cardiff in a 5m deal after the clubs FA Cup final defeat last summer. The Wales midfielder has made 22 appearances for Gunners, bagging one goal in the Champions League. index.html2.html3.html4.html5.html6.html7.html8.html9.html10.html11.html12.html13.html14.html15.html16.html17.html18.html19.html20.html21.html22.html23.html24.html25.html26.html27.html28.html29.html30.html31.html32.html33.html34.html35.html36.html37.html38.html39.html