Unai Emery in the dark over Ivan Gazidis’ future with Arsenal

Unai Emery in the dark over Ivan Gazidis’ future with Arsenal

Unai Emery in the dark over Ivan Gazidis’ future with Arsenal

Ramsey is now in the final year of his contract with Arsenal but Emery is confident the Welsh midfielder will sign a new deal and extend his stay at the Emirates. However, Emery has remained coy when commenting on links and has opted not to give anything away with regard to the likelihood of his new club signing Nzonzi. "We were taking on Arsenal, with the quality of their players, it is not easy and we competed well".

The game became disjointed with all the changes in the second half and Arsenal are still very much a work in progress, but Emery's influence is already apparent.

From Smith Rowe's starring performance to Arsenal's intensity under Emery, here are five talking points from the game.

"He grew up in the academy and we need to give young players the opportunity to stay with us, work every day and play matches like today", Emery added.

Emery's arrival was preceded by an overhauling of the club's structure by Gazidis as he brought in head of relations Raul Sanllehi from Barcelona and former Borussia Dortmund scout Sven Mislintat as head of recruitment.

The Spaniard named a strong starting line-up featuring Alexandre Lacazette, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Aaron Ramsey, but they were largely eclipsed as Atletico beat the Gunners 3-1 on penalties after the teams were tied 1-1 after 90 minutes. It's not easy. For that, I am thinking the match today first, then training tomorrow, then the match Saturday, with an important player here. "We are speaking about every decision for our club".

"We're really happy with the performance of the youngsters, it was a really good time for them to show what they've been training and working for these past years", the Argentine said.

Several of Unai Emery's new signings featured in Arsenal's first serious pre-season run out.

Further behind him in the heart of midfield, Guendouzi, a recent £7 million (S$12.5m) signing from Lorient, proved the heartbeat of an Arsenal midfield that also featured Ramsey.

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