With the 2017/18 season having been finished less than a week, the annual merry go round of players and managers has begun as Arsenal have named former Paris St Germain and Seville boss Unai Emery as the man to succeed the out going Arsene Wenger.
Named as the “Unanimous choice” by Gunners Chief executive Ivan Gazidis the 46 year old Spaniard joins with a proven record having steered Seville to three Europa league titles, before joining PSG and guiding them to 4 domestic cups including the Ligue 1 title in his two years at the helm.
Speaking about the appointment Gazidis said;
“Unai has an outstanding track record of success throughout his career, has developed some of the best young talent in Europe and plays an exciting, progressive style of football that fits Arsenal perfectly, His hard-working and passionate approach and his sense of values on and off the pitch make him the ideal person to take us forward.”
The appointment came as something off a shock to many as current Manchester City assistant coach and former Arsenal captain under Arsene Wenger, Mickel Arteta had been considered the strong favourite to take over. However, despite having a very limited grasp of the english language it was revealed that Emery was indeed the clubs first choice following their recruitment process.
With that in mind he will have some big shows to fill as Wenger who in his 22 years in charge established the club as a European regular, finishing in the Premier league’s top four every season until last year, whilst also winning three Premier League Titles and Seven F.A Cups.
When approached about his appointment Emery stated;
“I'm very excited to be given the responsibility to start this important new chapter in Arsenal's history, I am thrilled to be joining one of the great clubs in the game. Arsenal is known and loved throughout the world for its style of play, its commitment to young players, the fantastic stadium, the way the club is run”.
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