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Tuesday 23 October 2018

Emery kicks Gazidis exit rumours to touch

Arsenal head coach Unai Emery
Arsenal head coach Unai Emery

Arsenal head coach Unai Emery insists he has had no indication from chief executive Ivan Gazidis that he is set to jump ship to AC Milan.

Speculation that Gazidis - who oversaw Emery's appointment to replace Arsene Wenger is May and has also been behind the change in management structure at the Emirates Stadium - will depart for Italy has intensified this week.

The 54-year-old has worked for the Gunners since 2009 and played a major role in introducing roles such as head of football relations Raul Sanllehi and head of recruitment Sven Mislintat. Those appointments wrestled some power away from Wenger, whose 22-year tenure came to a close at the end of last season.

Emery has since taken the reins and has won his last two Premier League games after defeats to Manchester City and Chelsea at the beginning of the campaign. But the Spaniard admits he is in the dark as to whether Gazidis will soon depart his post, bound for Serie A giants Milan.

"First of all, every conversation with him is speaking about us and about our work here every day. I don't know any other news from him," Emery said ahead of Arsenal's trip to Newcastle tomorrow. "Every conversation with me is speaking about us. About our performance. About our ideas. Our process. Then, for his future we didn't speak."

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