Gazidis: More signings to come but Emery will also develop youth

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Ivan Gazidis says that there will be more transfer market activity this summer as Unai Emery builds a squad to compete in the Premier League next season, but insists that the Spaniard will uphold the Arsenal ‘values’ of developing young talent.

The chief executive was speaking at a Supporter’s Q&A event last night where the new head coach was billed as a ‘special guest’, and he says that the new team involved in making transfers happen – from targetting players to them signing their contracts – will ensure that Emery has the players he needs after detailing where he feels the squad needs investment.

“We really have a collective effort now, in terms of how we identify players and then how we take forward our interest and of course Unai is a huge part of that as well,” said Gazidis.

“This is now a different way of doing things, one with a very, very accomplished team of professionals who we have spent time bedding into the club.

“Unai has been in the thick of that process in terms of what we need in the squad, we’ve signed two new players so far this summer and there will be more to come.

“At the same time we have to manage the squad that we have, but by the first game of the season, we hope that Unai has a squad that he has had time to work with and a balanced squad that addresses all of the needs that Unai has identified.”

Gazidis also confirmed there would be some departures, and went on to inform attendees that he’d given the former Sevilla, Valencia and PSG boss a crash-course in the club’s values.

“One of the interesting things about speaking with Unai in recent weeks is that he continually emphasises that he wants to understand the club and he wants to understand our values,” he said.

“We spent an hour earlier today just talking about values and what Arsenal represents. One of the long standing traditions at the club is in developing players and that’s one of the things Unai has done throughout his career.

“We spent a lot of time behind the scenes over the last few years developing our academy, our academy at Hale End is unrecognisable from how it was a few years ago.

|We’ve got new leadership in the academy now with Per Mertesacker and Freddie Ljungberg managing the U-23s.

“So there is tremendous energy, not just in this room and with Unai, but right across the club.”

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Gizzo
Gizzo

Positive times, coyg

Barnacle
Barnacle

Buzzing for the next season. Bring it on!

myrtle
myrtle

Bless you! the 0-3 defeat to Citeh will bring you down to earth.

Drjm
Drjm

If that is seriously what you believe, why even bother supporting (presuming that you do, being on an Arseblog). With a new manager, addressing many of the concerns that fans themselves had reiterated until they were blue in the face, doesn’t instill a bit of hope, what does? This is potentially a great team that has underperformed, now is a time to be optimistic. No harm having an option but this shit gets tiring.

Prof Wenger to Emerytus
Prof Wenger to Emerytus

Why not a 3 – 0 win ? With a good defensive display, South Korea beat Germany. I am not comparing us to South Korea. I am trying to say if we do not play the careless full attack played under Wenger, we can beat them.

Faisal Narrage
Faisal Narrage

Troll but I did laugh at the level of patronising with “Bless you”. 😀

Adam
Adam

Am I The only one naive enough to think that we can actually win against City? We have almost all our player home from the World Cup now. While many of theirs are still fighting.

xxxrob
xxxrob

You know what? Even if we do lose 3-0 to City on opening day, I am excited to see HOW it happens.

If it is the same stupid mistakes or game mismanagement or lack of tactical awareness or [insert problems from the past decade] then I’ll feel right fucked off and brought “back down to earth” as you put it.

But if we did what we needed to do correctly and were simply outclassed by better play then hey, THAT’S OK WITH ME. We aren’t the best team in the league, not for a long time.

It’s the HOW of things that I am looking forward to seeing most this season.

Maul Person
Maul Person

The season is 38 games and 9 months long. If we lose to Citeh, it only gets better from there.

Phil
Phil

Why so negative? We all know that on our day we can beat any team – the problem is that ‘our day’ has become all too infrequent. What we *might* have now is a manager who can make ‘our day’ more every day… you never know! But equally, these things take time – especially with the players that have had years of the old regime…

Lobster
Lobster

Onwards and Upwards for The Arsenal!

Pedant
Pedant

All sounding good, with a lot of pedigree performers working together.

Once we’ve won the first two PL matches we’ll all be a lot happier.

Super Joshi
Super Joshi

LANS

May2689
May2689

Wow that’s a lot of positive talking. Time will tell if the new structure in place will prove successful. Ivan talks a good game, now it’s time to deliver! Patience will be required.

Arsene who? That’s foorball!

Andy Mack
Andy Mack

Good old foorball!

Xhaka Demus, no Pliers
Xhaka Demus, no Pliers

We do have some excellent prospects so this must be music to their ears too. A clean slate for players like Reine-Adelaide, Zelalem, Akpom, Mavididi, Bielik and Nwakali (hopefully). Factoring in Sheaf, Amaechi, John-Jules, Gilmour, Smith-Rowe on top of AMN, Nelson, Willock and Nketiah, it’s clear we could have a strong injection of youth coming through. Clearly not all are going to make it here, and it may be too late already for a couple, but they will have chances to impress and it’ll be interesting to see who makes it.

Man Manny
Man Manny

Nwakali is a huge talent.

Alex
Alex

He only play well in division 2 in the Netherlands !

Be careful not to ignite.

Teakster
Teakster

You win this thread, purely for the username, genius

Heavenly Chapecoense
Heavenly Chapecoense

Akpom is done too old for youth prospect. I am sure there 15 to 20 players younger than him at the World Cup. I would limit the list to AMN, Nketiah, Nelson and perhaps Bielik for now.

Heavenly Chapecoense
Heavenly Chapecoense

Werner, Lozano, Pavon, Sarr, Wagge, Dembele, Mbappe all younger than Apkom. We’ve had Anelka, Henry recruited younger. Fabregas, Theo Walcott, Jack played for first team much younger. Hope Apkom is one of those who break through late but it is too late anyways.

Alex
Alex

He must be said that 18-year-old players able to be very good or good at this age are not legion.

They are by no means the norm but rather exceptions.

BODMAS
BODMAS

New Energy indeed… COYG

Roof attack
Roof attack

Off topic, but does anyone else think that unai looks like Matthew mccounaghey?

yen
yen

Maybe instead of the word “Look” we now get a trademark “Alright, alright, alright” when he starts to answer questions.

Super Joshi
Super Joshi

YES!

shokim
shokim

Yup I’ve thought they looked alike ever since Emery joined us as our new head coach.

Rich
Rich

Unai Emery
He comes from the Basque Country
And looks Mathew Mccounaghey

gooner1981
gooner1981

This really is the mother of all pre-season, for the players- the youngsters, the loan ‘stars’, those who have fallen out of favour, those in the last year of their contracts. The mana…sorry head coach to assess them, see who he wants, see who he doesn’t, and look for internal or external solutions for the latter. Lots of ins and let’s not forget, outs and I think our new behind the scenes ‘team’ are really going to earn their keep. Really like the fact that the transfer window shuts before the first match, so then we can focus on the one thing that really really matters- playing football and winning

GoonerMike
GoonerMike

Mother of all pre season, during the mother of all transfer windows, right before the mother of all seasons being led by the mother of all coaches coaching the mother of all squads…..Its mothers day all year this year!

ramgooner
ramgooner

We still need a big player in attack. We are one player away from being a force in Europe.
As it stands we have a good core in Laca, Auba, Ozil and Mkhitaryan. I still think we need one more player at this level to compete on all fronts.

Pedant
Pedant

You’re forgetting Eddie…

GoonerMike
GoonerMike

All we need is a winger (Gelson, Forsberg, Mahrez etc)….
However I think there are more pressing areas than a forward i.e CB

ramgooner
ramgooner

We are one injury away from having a bang average strike force. I don’t care if it’s a CF or a winger. We need another goal machine. Might aswell go big this summer and keep the powder dry next summer.

Martin
Martin

Lacazette and Aubameyang are two of the best strikers in Europe which is prettty good in my book. We have Eddie as an exciting back up and Welbeck too

ramgooner
ramgooner

We are no better than Liverpool with Mane and Salah, United with Alexis and Lukaku or City with Aguero and Jesus. These teams no doubt will improve their attack this summer.

This is the perfect time to go out and get another player to complement Aubameyang and Lacazette and no it’s not Mkhitaryan or Ozil. What we need to do is change to 3 at the back to accommodate Mkhitaryan/Ozil and play 3 strikers.

All our players are on long term deals. It is time to go big in the market even if it means we don’t spend much in the next two years.

We are 6th in the league and Burnley were our direct rivals. If people think Auba and Laca will score 25+ goals each then they are deluded. We need another proven goal scorer. Not Nketiah or Reiss Nelson.

Alex
Alex

I agree with you.

Having very good young people does not make them players who can make a difference during difficult times against men experimenting

For that, they would need one or two season of transition as Guardiola does to City.

He must be said that 18-year-old players able to be very good or good at this age are not legion.

They are by no means the norm but rather exceptions.

Peter Treasaden
Peter Treasaden

Emphasis must be on shipping out the weak midfielders & both centre-backs & wing backs. Regardless of how long they have been at Arsenal. Recent seasons have shown they just are not good enough. Then some decent recognised players to fill the gaps and a positive game plan. Good decision to offload Wilshere.

shokim
shokim

As usual lots of Ivan-speak. But I’m really looking forward to the new season with all the changes. COYG!

Arsene Baggins
Arsene Baggins

These things have always sounded good -even under Wenger. The main difference between now and then is that the words the effect of the words under Wenger started to lose their impact over time as it became more apparent that we need a fresh approach. Just hoping that such words can manifest into results.

GoonerMike
GoonerMike

THIS…

And_Unai_Said...
And_Unai_Said...

Unai must make a pact
We must bring salvation back,

I’ll reach out my hand to you
I’ll have faith in all you do.

Just name the game and I’ll be there.

And_Unai_Said...
And_Unai_Said...

Should read U ‘n’ ai must make a pact.

Chris Kiwomya
Chris Kiwomya

So excited about next season. The knowledge he has of our players already is phenomenal. It looks like the Stat DNA thing we own will be right up his street too, something we’ve only used for scouting. His attention to detail should make us feared once again. I’ve got a big grin on my face as I write this.

Mark
Mark

Definitely some new energy around the club and excitement for the new season. I just hope supporters are patient as things aren’t going to be fully turned around with the first match, but will be a gradual process throughout the year.

Lior
Lior

The new look Arsenal is shaping up nicely. Reminds me a lot of 89 . I’m truly excited about the season for the first time in a while

Faisal Narrage
Faisal Narrage

I know everyone gets excited at purchases and the quest to buy even more, such as the addition of Banega, but I really hope people remember that squad space should also be given to youth.

Guys like Eddie, Nelson, Beilik and the returning Jeff and maybe even Martinez (though he’s not youth, and I think we need to start blooding in Virginia as our long term GK successor) can all play an important role in our season.

I know guys want a midfield of; Xhaka, Ramsey, Elneny, Banega, Torreira, etc. But hope along with AMN, someone like The Jeff (who can play as a CM) is given opportunities there, and we don’t turn into a Jose-type squad (down with youth).

Rob
Rob

Do you realise that the focus on developing young players is to cut costs..?

Bob Dobbery
Bob Dobbery

Gazidis really looks like Jeff Bezos