Arsenal manager responded to Ivan Gazidis’ exit

Unai Emery has praised Ivan Gazidis for the role he played in bringing him to Emirates after the club’s chief executive confirmed his decision to join AC Milan.

The 53-year-old Greek has been Arsenal’s chief executive for nearly ten years and oversaw the appointment of Emery as Arsene Wenger’s successor this summer and will officially resign at Arsenal on October 31.

Raul Sanllehi, who joined the Gunners from Barcelona last year as the head of football relations, will now lead them alongside Vinai Venkatesham, who has been their chief commercial officer.

‘Thank you, Ivan, for helping me to be part of the Arsenal,’ the boss wrote on Twitter. ‘Good luck. Exciting times ahead now with Raul & Vinai and all the staff. Let’s go!’

Meanwhile, Josh Kroenke, the son of Arsenal’s president Stan Kroenke, said in a statement. ‘It has been a pleasure working with Ivan. ‘We will miss the wisdom, insight and energy he brought to our club on a daily basis over the past decade.

‘We are confident we have outstanding people in Raul and Vinai, and we look forward to working with them and coach Unai Emery to continue to move the club forward on and off the pitch.’