ARSENAL boss Unai Emery claims he does not know if chief executive Ivan Gazidis is set to quit the club to join AC Milan.
Speculation that Gazidis – who oversaw Emery’s appointment to replace Arsene Wenger in May – will depart for AC Milan has intensified this week.
But Emery insists he is unsure on the 54-year-old’s future as every meeting they have is solely on Arsenal.
“First of all, every conversation with him is speaking about us and about our work here every day,” the Spaniard said.
“I don’t know any other news from him. Every conversation with me is speaking about us (Arsenal).
“I don’t know any other news from him”
“About our performance. About our ideas. Our process. (About) his future, we didn’t speak. I think it’s a question for him.”
Gazidis has worked for Arsenal since 2009 and played a major role in introducing roles such as head of football relations Raul Sanllehi and head of recruitment Sven Mislintat.
The Gunners return to action away at Newcastle following the international break, with Emery’s squad carrying no fresh injury concerns.
And Emery is hopeful the club can now reap the benefit of Mesut Ozil’s international retirement.
The 29-year-old retired from Germany duty following their poor showing at the World Cup.
He has been able to train with Arsenal throughout the recent international break and – ahead of the trip to St James’ Park – Emery feels he has enjoyed a rest from playing.
“The players have the habits to play in the international break, in important matches, defending their identity,” he added.
“And when one player is finishing that, I think it is also good for them to focus only on their team.
“The reason for Mesut is important for me also, this focus every day with us, a relaxing three days off at the weekend.
“Mesut, like other players, works very well here and also working the ties and also together to improve things. Mesut, I look at him with the focus totally here.”