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Arsenal chief executive Ivan Gazidis has promised to back new head coach Unai Emery with “all the resources of the club” in the transfer market, and said the Spaniard earned the job with the help of an “extremely impressive” interview and “a chemistry between us.”
Emery will be tasked with turning around the fortunes of a team that only finished sixth in the Premier League last season, their worst campaign of former boss Arsene Wenger’s 22-year reign. Gazidis acknowledged that it’s “the biggest challenge this club will face,” but that discussions with Emery over how much of the squad needs to be overhauled have just begun.
Reports have said Arsenal only have a transfer budget of £50 million before player sales, but Gazidis refused to comment on how much the club can spend this summer. However, he insisted that all available funds will be at Emery’s disposal.
“All the money has always been available for our manager. And that will continue to be,” said Gazidis, who presented Emery to the media on Wednesday after leading the effort to find Wenger’s successor. “All of the resources of the club will be available for Unai to develop the team.”
The Arsenal CEO outlined the search by saying eight candidates were given interviews but insisted that Emery was the club’s unanimous “first choice” despite widespread reports that former club captain Mikel Arteta was close to getting the job.