Emery: I respect Gazidis decision

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Unai Emery says he respects Ivan Gazidis’ decision to quit Arsenal even though it’s only three months since the Gunners CEO spoke of starting a new chapter in the club’s history together.

After weeks of speculation, it was confirmed yesterday that the 53-year-old, who led the recruitment for Arsene Wenger’s replacement, would be moving to AC Milan.

In his place, Vinai Venkatesham, formerly CCO, has been made Managing Director and Raul Sanllehi, now Head of Football, have been promoted.

Asked about the changes taking place behind the scenes, the Spaniard said he valued the time he’s had with Gazidis but that he’s now looking forward to working the new appointments.

“The first three months with Ivan were very important for me because he’s a big person, and a professional person too,” he told his pre-Vorskla press conference.

“The relationship between us was very close for three months. We spoke a lot about football, about management, about how big Arsenal is and our responsibility.

“His decision is a private one which I respect. I know Ivan is giving us the best next people [successors] to take the responsibility to continue to do good work.”

Given Gazidis’ all-encompassing role has been split along commercial and sporting lines, it’s likely that Emery will strike a stronger relationship with fellow Spaniard, Sanllehi whose role is effectively that of Director of Football.

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Pedant
Pedant

“His decision is a private one which I respect. I know Ivan is giving us the best next people [successors] to take the responsibility to continue to do good work.”

translated into plain English as:

‘I’d also take £1m more money even if it were a smaller club. His successors are already here, so he just admitted his job is redundant.’

Pedant
Pedant

‘We spoke a lot about football, about management, about how big Arsenal is and our responsibility.’

Translated as:

‘I tried to explain football to him (he didn’t follow anything complicated), asked him what he actually manages at Arsenal (I couldn’t make it out), how Arsenal got as big as it did with him as CEO (luck we concluded) and how he wasn’t responsible for anything good at the club and would run from responsibility at Arsenal (if someone gave him more cash).’

ram_394@yahoo.com

I personally feel his exit will do us a world of good. Gazidis too was a Wenger man to some extent. This is the post stadium debt repayment and full takeover by kroenke era with Sanllehi and Sven at the helm. We might see a radical shift in the way we do our transfers and some big big signings provided Emery leads us to a top 4 finish.

LEFT08
LEFT08

What is it like being this dilussional?

Arsenala Vista Baby
Arsenala Vista Baby

Arsene’s Arsenal

Emery’s Emirates

LEFT08
LEFT08

CEO who is shit at his job quits the club he has done nothing for, just months after sacking manager who is good at his job and loyal to the club. The nerve of this guy.

Matt
Matt

Picture editing win.