The rumours surrounding Ivan Gazidis continue to plague the headlines for Arsenal fans, as their chief executive appears to be on the verge of packing up and leaving for AC Milan over in Italy. We’ve spoken about how we should just try and ignore the whole thing, but that’s easier said than done for people who are close to the situation. Of course, one man above all others who will find it incredibly difficult to ignore what’s going on is manager Unai Emery, because he’s right in the thick of it.
So much noise
The Spaniard will clearly be impacted by this ‘news’ (if it comes to fruition) in some way, as he tends to work hand in hand with the chief executive – or at least, that’s what we’re led to believe. But instead of being negative about the whole thing we’re choosing to believe that someone equally as capable to do Ivan’s job will walk through the door within a matter of weeks, and even if that doesn’t happen, we don’t think that it’ll hinder Emery’s preparations for the Newcastle game as much as other people think it will.
At the end of the day the players aren’t going to be traumatized by this news, and because of that, there’s no reason to believe that they can’t perform to their best at the weekend. They’re going to be taking on a Magpies side who are in a disarray of their won, whereas at the very least, the Gunners have back to back league wins under their belt.
Having something like this happen so early on in any given team’s season can be really, really detrimental, but it feels like Arsenal have a better ‘resolve’ than most clubs now that Emery is in charge. Under the guidance of Arsene Wenger, it feels like he may have gone out of his way to find any and all excuses for failure on the pitch – with a Gazidis departure being located somewhere towards the top.
We can’t predict the future and we don’t know whether or not Gazidis will even leave, but this saga needs to be swept under the rug in time for the weekend. All that should matter at this moment in time is how they’re going to overcome a rowdy Newcastle crowd, and that’s it.
Will Emery be affected by Gazidis’ impending departure?