Unai Emery Confirmed As Arsenal Manager
Arsenal have a new manager for the first time in 22 years and it's former PSG and Sevilla boss Unai Emery.
A new dawn. A new era. A new chapter.#WelcomeUnai pic.twitter.com/kGrE2gMLQl
- Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) May 23, 2018
The club had been without a manager since the end of their season, finishing with an away game to Huddersfield, and for a while it looked like former midfielder Mikel Arteta would get to job.
On Monday it was revealed that Emery, having left PSG at the end of the season, was now the unanimous candidate amongst those making the decision at the Emirates.
The 46 year old has had great success in the last few years. He led Sevilla to three Europa League wins in a row from 2014-2016 and also made it to a Copa del Rey final with the Spaniards.
He then moved to PSG where he won the domestic treble this season, following on from his cup double last season. He failed to advance the Ligue 1 champions in the Champions League though and was replaced by Thomas Tuchel.
Emery had great success in Spain under director of football Monchi and with Sven Mislintat now operating in a similar role in North London fans will be hoping he can replicate success with that model.
The club chief executive said of the appointment, "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.
"We conducted a confidential, wide-ranging and rigorous search involving extensive background references, data and video analysis, and personal meetings with all the candidates we shortlisted. All were interested in the position and we were unanimous in our choice of Unai to drive the next chapter of our history."
With Emery telling the club website, "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.
"I'm very excited to be given the responsibility to start this important new chapter in Arsenal's history. I have met Stan and Josh Kroenke and it's clear they have great ambitions for the club and are committed to bringing future success. I'm excited about what we can do together and I look forward to giving everyone who loves Arsenal some special moments and memories."
Where once we had Wenger we now have Emery, and that's still a little weird.
How well we he do?