Arsenal to appoint Unai Emery as their new manager

May 22, 2018

Sportsmail revealed on Monday that Emery, 46, had emerged as a late rival to Mikel Arteta for the job.

A contract for the Spanish former boss of Sevilla, Paris Saint-Germain and Spartak Moscow was being thrashed out on Monday night by Arsenal chief executive Ivan Gazidis.

Former Gunners midfielder Mikel Arteta had been the favourite to succeed Wenger

It is believed Emery has agreed to work under a tight transfer budget and strict controls from the board.

But his promise of how he likes his teams to play is sure to excite Arsenal supporters.

‘Fans want their emotions to come to the surface and the only way to make that happen is to give them a team that transmits emotion: intensity, attacking, scoring goals, competing, fighting,’ he wrote in a recent book.

‘That awakens them. The fans want emotions.’

Emery left his role as Paris-Saint Germain manager at the end of the season despite winning five trophies in two years, Thomas Tuchel taking his position at the French club.

Emery is available after he left PSG with the club electing against giving him a third year

Emery lifted five trophies in two seasons at the Parc des Princes and bought Neymar

News of Emery’s imminent appointment was met with shock by players on Monday night, who had fully expected Arteta to be in charge next season.

Arsenal also considered Patrick Vieira as manager and made an approach for their former captain, but that move was heavily criticised by legendary striker Ian Wright on BBC Radio 5 Live.

He said: ‘One of the saddest things was Arsenal getting in touch with Patrick, which was tokenism.

Emery won the Europa League with Sevilla in three successive years between 2014 and 2016

‘To go from Arteta, who I was thinking was getting it, to approach Patrick like that, a legend of the club, that was despicable.’

Asked whether it was tokenism because he was a club legend or because he was black, Wright said: ‘I don’t know. You can choose, whichever way. Did they do it maybe because they had to interview?

‘If they’ve just gone from Arteta to Unai Emery, who you say they spoke to ages ago — he was 66-1 or whatever it was — why did they do that to Patrick. Embarrassing, embarrassing thing to do.’

UNAI EMERY FACTFILE

Born: Hondarribia, Spain on November 3, 1971

PLAYER

Started at Real Sociedad, playing five La Liga games at left wing before making his name with Toledo in the second tier, where he would spent the bulk of his career.

MANAGER:

 

2005-06 Lorca Deportiva

Promotion to second division for first time in club’s history

 

2006-08 Almeria

Promotion to top flight for first time in club’s history

 

2008-12 Valencia

Achieved three successive third-place La Liga finishes

 

2012 Spartak Moscow

Lost 11 games in a disappointing six months. Sacked after 5-1 home defeat to Dynamo Moscow.

 

2013-16 Sevilla

Won three successive Europa League trophies

 

2016-18 Paris Saint-Germain

Won the domestic treble

 

Managerial career:

P719 W385 D155 L179 Win:53.5 per cent

 

FULL HONOURS:

Sevilla

Europa League (x3): 2014, 2015, 2016

 

Paris Saint-Germain

Ligue 1: 2017-18

French Cup (x2): 2017, 2018

French League Cup (x2): 2017, 2018

French Super Cup (x2): 2016, 2017

 

SOURCE: dailymail.co.uk


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