Arsenal yesterday confirmed the appointment of Unai Emery as their new manager after signing a two-year contract with the 2018 UEFA Europa League semi finalists.
The former Sevilla manager signed a two-year deal at the Emirates Stadium having left Paris Saint-Germain at the end of the 2017-18 season
Unai Emery spoke with Arsène Wenger before taking the Arsenal job. Wenger advised him on areas where the team needs strengthening, with defence the first recommendation by the former Arsenal manager.
He becomes just the Gunners’ second manager since 1996 after Arsene Wenger’s 22-year reign was brought to an end in the wake of Arsenal’s sixth-placed finish in the Premier League.
“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,” Arsenal chief executive, Ivan Gazidis said following the appointment.
“His hard-worki and passionate approach and sense of values on and off the pitch make him the ideal person to take us forward.”
Emery’s appointment comes following talks with the Arsenal hierarchy on Monday, with the north London outfit hopeful he can lead them back to the top of the English game following a series of underwhelming campaigns.
“I am thrilled to be joining one of the great clubs in the game,” said Emery.
“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,” Emery said.
The Gunners had hoped they could tempt Massimiliano Allegri away from Juventus before he committed his future to the Serie A champions while an agreement had been reached with Manchester City assistant coach, Mikel Arteta.
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