Arsenal confirm Emery as new manager

Arsenal have confirmed as Unai Emery as their new manager, replacing the long-serving Arsene Wenger.

The former-Sevilla and Paris Saint-Germain boss was the “unanimous” choice, said chief executive Ivan Gazidis.

Emery signs at the Emirates Stadium after a two-year spell with PSG where he only won the French Ligue 1 title at the second attempt.  The 2017-18 French champions were eliminated by Barcelona and Real Madrid in the Champions League during his reign.

However, Unai Emery does have a pedigree in cup competitions, winning four domestic cups with the Parisian cup and previously winning three consecutive UEFA Europa League trophies with Sevilla.

The Turkish manager succeeds Arsene Wenger, who departed at the end of this past season after a 22-year spell in charge of the North London club.

Ivan Gazidis is quoted on the club’s official website as welcoming the new manager to the club.  He 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.”

Arsenal finished sixth this past season meaning they will be playing Europa League football instead of the Champions League during Unai Emery’s first season in charge.

His job will be to turn the club into Premier League title contenders again after the Gunners have failed to lift the trophy since their Invincibles season of 2003-04.  They have not finished in the top two since 2005 and the past two seasons they have even failed to qualify for the following season’s Champions League.