It has not been a good summer for the ITKs and some of the (usually) best informed papers – the Mail, the Telegraph and L’Equipe – have done as badly as the Twitterati.
Before Unai Emery was appointed as Arsenal manager, it was claimed he would be signing on a three-year deal, but according to a number of outlets the day after his unveiling, including L’Equipe’s Thursday edition, Emery has been given a two-year contract – despite Ivan Gazidis saying it was three-year deal at the press conference!
According to Wednesday’s Daily Mail, the Spaniard will earn £5m-a-year, £3.3m-a-year less than Arsene Wenger was on.
Speaking at the unveiling of Emery as the new Arsenal head coach, our new overlord, Ivan Gazidis, dedicated some of his speech to those who have claimed to be ITK over this story so far this summer.
“Those who know won’t speak and those who speak won’t know,” the chief exec said at the start of his revealing announcement.
He confirmed that Arsenal had spoken to eight managers (not 10 as the press had claimed) and that the selection committee made their unanimous recommendation to the Arsenal board some six days ago when the press were still reporting that Mikel Arteta was the overwhelming favourite to get the job and Unai Emery’s name wasn’t even being mentioned.
Gazidis also spoke to beIN sports after the official press conference and you can hear what he had to say in that interview in the video below: