Ivan Gazidis opens up on how Unai Emery got a toehold in Arsenal
• Arsenal have confirmed Unai Emery's appointment on Wednesday
• Arsenal's chief executive admits Emery's skill of being in touch with the situation
• Gazidis explains his approach to applicant selection
"What was really impressive was when you scratched the surface to go deeper and deeper and deeper. If we were speaking about one of our young players, if we targeted Ainsley Maitland-Niles for example, Unai knows Ainsley.
"He’s watched him, he’s familiar with his patterns of play, his capabilities, he’s very excited about his potential and was able to talk about how excited he was to work with Ainsley, to develop him as a player.
"Very specifically, when you asked the follow-up question and the follow-up question and the follow-up question, you’d get more and more depth about how exactly he would do that, exactly how him and his team would work with an individual player to develop them into the best player they can possibly be and also within the team dynamic.
📌— Hayters TV (@HaytersTeamwork) May 24, 2018
How Unai Emery became Arsenal's new head coach
📅 10/5/18 - Gazidis, Mislintat & Sanellhi interview Emery
📅 18/5/18 - The trio recommend Emery to the board
📅 21/5/18 - Emery meets London board members
📅 22/5/18 - Emery meets Kroenkes
📅 23/5/18 - Emery is unveiled pic.twitter.com/NgjT9HOj0K
"There are a lot of platitudes in the game of football, a lot, and people can speak at a surface level very easily to sound confident and impressive. What’s impressive to me is when you scratch through that and you get deeply involved in what exactly they mean."