Arsenal today confirmed the appointment of Spanish manager Unai Emery, the 46-year-old who boasts successful spells at PSG, Sevilla, and Valencia, joins the Gunners on a two-year deal. The new Arsenal manager will be officially unveiled to the media at a press conference later on today at 2 pm.
Emery joins the Gunners following a treble-winning season with French champions PSG, despite an underwhelming showing in the Champions League, Emery successfully guided the French side to the League title, French Cup, and League Cup. Emery’s struggles in the Champions League with PSG came as somewhat of a surprise, he had no such trouble with Sevilla in the Europa League, winning the competition three times consecutively in 2014, 2015 and 2016.
Arsenal CEO Ivan Gazidis praised the Spaniard’s track record and style of football when discussing the new manager this morning,
“Unai has an outstanding track record of success throughout his career, has developed some of the best young talents in Europe and plays an exciting, progressive style of football that fits Arsenal perfectly,”
Gazidis also noted Emery’s passion and knowledge of the game as one of the primary reasons for his appointment,
“His hardworking and passionate approach and his sense of values on and off the pitch make him the ideal person to take us forward.”
Meanwhile, in his first comments since being announced as Arsenal manager, Emery expressed his gratitude for being given the opportunity to lead Arsenal into the post-Wenger era,
“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.
With eight major trophies in his last five years of management Emery certainly has a reputation as a serial winner, Arsenal fans will no doubt be excited to see what the Spaniard can bring to a squad currently treading water in the Premier League, with ambitions of returning to the Champions League as quickly as possible.