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Ivan Gazidis says he’s excited by the appointment of Unai Emery as Arsenal’s new head coach but admits that ups and downs lie ahead as the Gunners embark on a new chapter in their history.
Having joined the club yesterday, Emery, 46, has spent the day at London Colney getting to know his new staff and surroundings and will no doubt be hoping to hit the ground running when the players return for pre-season training in early July.
Before the Premier League kicks-off in 80 days time, the new man must tackle a lengthy ‘to do’ list that includes integrating new staff, sprucing up his English, tackling the transfer window and, when the World Cup is over, taking the team to Hong Kong for a couple of friendlies, one of which is against old club PSG.
Even with a helping hand from Gazidis, Sven Mislintat and Raul Sanllehi, it’s going to be a roller coaster journey.
“The hard work starts right now,” Gazidis told Arsenal Player. “We are right into the transfer window of course, but we’re also into many other things such as how we’re going to integrate his team, how we think about pre-season planning, how the teams are going to work together.
“There’s a lot of work to be done now to integrate this new team into our existing team. I know that we can do that successfully but it’s going to take hard work through the summer.
“There’s been obviously a lot of question marks as we’ve gone through this period of transition over recent weeks but now it’s really time to look forward as a football club.
“I am really excited about Unai’s appointment. I feel he’s a great fit for our football club. His value set, the way he conducts himself is really Arsenal class.
“Underneath that, you’ve got all of the technical side that he brings to the table and then on top of it all, which our fans will connect with, is this passion for the game and this energy. Once he brings that into the Emirates and into the Premier League, our fans are going to feel electrified by it.
“We don’t know what the journey will hold exactly, and there will certainly be ups and downs, but I think our fans will appreciate the commitment and the passion that we’re bringing to this effort and I think they’ll be behind us on this journey.
“I’m convinced that if we as a club are together and remember our motto, Victoria Concordia Crescit – Victory Through Harmony – I’m convinced that the sky is the limit for us.”
Heh. We’re really glad he translated the club’s Latin motto for us. Again.