The “fall-out” from the appointment of Unai Emery has been hilarious.
Journalists and ITK’s across the country (and beyond) trying to slate the club, and Ivan Gazidis over the appointment.
They have attempted to highlight a messy process, one which Ian Wright called “like being in a Sushi restaurant”. I have seen people moaning about Arsenal talking to 10 possible candidates.
The reality is, Arsenal did not leak what was happening, and no one on the outside knew what was happening.
This resulted in journalists and Twitter attention seekers literally making stories up for clicks, for attention. And it was this that made it appear the recruitment process was messy.
Whether it be Max Allegri house hunting, or Mikel Arteta “all but signed”, these outlets literally created the appearance that Arsenal did not know what they were dong, with fabricated stories, than have the cheek to then write that Arsenal did not know what they were doing, based on how many of these fabricated stories were out there.
Ivan Gazidis, in discussing the appointment of Unai Emery, put a sword into the heart of every journalist and Twitter ITK that pretends to have inside knowledge.
Gazidis on appointing Unai Emery:
“I know that [Emery] came as a bit of a surprise & perhaps there was one or two rewrites necessary [in the press]. Those who know won’t speak & those who speak won’t know
Gazidis on the process:
“We formed a three-person committee lead by me with Sven Mislintat & Raul Sanllehi. We wanted progressive, entertaining football, a personality that fits Arsenal’s values & a record of developing young players – pushing players & demanding more from them.”
“We analysed & looked through, on the basis that every coach in the world would be interested, & made a long list of eight coaches, all of whom were interested & who took place in extensive, in-depth interviews with the three of us. None of them withdrew their interest.”
“We interviewed Unai on the 10th of May, as part of that process, making a unanimous recommendation to the board on the 18th of May, with a 100-page dossier that supported his candidacy.”
“We met with London-based members of the board this week & then flew to Atlanta to meet Stan & Josh Kroenke. All of the board members were energised by the recommendation & enthusiastically supported it.”
“Unai has a competitive passion, detail & a love for football that made us feel this fit was exactly right for Arsenal.”
So there you have it.
Nothing was linked. It was a tight circle of people who know. And those that knew did not speak. The appointment might have “come from nowhere” but Emery was actually interview 2 weeks ago, and recommended to the board last Friday.
All the talk of Arteta being offered the job, or Vieira being called Monday for a “token” interview is clearly made up rubbish.
Gazidis, Mislintat & Sanllehi did everything right.
They spoke to plenty of people. Made a decision. Kept it quiet. They have done a good job.
And journalists and ITKs are a little upset that the club did not leak anything to them, and are taking out their upset on the club.
PS: Fair play Emery for conducted his press conference in English. Another 2 fingers up to the press who clearly do not have a clue.