Ivan Gazidis vows Arsenal squad will respond to Unai Emery
Arsenal chief executive Ivan Gazidis is confident the Gunners squad will embrace new manager Unai Emery
Arsenal chief executive Ivan Gazidis is confident that the Gunners squad will respond to Unai Emery’s energy.
The Gunners confirmed the 46-year-old as their new manager on Wednesday following days of intense speculation.
Former Arsenal captain Mikel Arteta appeared to be the favourite to land the role but the Manchester City assistant manager ultimately missed out.
Emery is 22 years Wenger’s junior but has a wealth of experience given his past spells at Almeria, Valencia, Sevilla, Spartak Moscow and Paris Saint-Germain.
The Spanish coach led Sevillla to three Europa League titles, including a 3-1 win over Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool FC in Basel in 2016.
Emery won the Ligue 1 title as well as the Coupe de la Ligue and Coupe de France during his two seasons in charge of French giants PSG.
Gazidis, who has been heavily criticised by Arsenal supporters in recent seasons, is confident the Gunners squad will embrace Emery.
“All of our players will respond to the new energy that Unai brings,” Gazidis told his media conference on Wednesday.
“They will have somebody under whom they can improve their individual games and their collective game.
“If they embrace those challenges then the players we have today can be more successful in the future.
“I don’t think anybody believes that sixth place is a place that a club the stature of Arsenal should be in.
“We need to look to improve that. How big a rebuilding job that is, is a discussion that we’ve started with Unai and a discussion that will continue.
“The ambition is to be in a position to be a candidate to win the biggest trophies in England and the biggest trophies across Europe.
“We’ve got to understand that that’s not just going to be done in one leap. It’s the result of focus, hard work, discipline, energy, commitment, will to win. That’s what we need to do.
“The players will embrace it and I strongly believe the energy Unai can bring with his qualities, they will embrace that as well.
“The challenge we have is very big. I’ve always said it’s the biggest challenge this club will face: to transition from one of the giants of the game in Arsene Wenger – and I maintain that.
“This is not an easy process. We’ve spent a lot of time building to this moment.”
Arsenal finished in sixth place in the Premier League table this term to miss out on Champions League football for the second successive season.
The Gunners haven’t won the Premier League title since 2003-04, while Arsenal have won the FA Cup three times in the past five campaigns.