Arsenal Appoint Former Valencia Boss as New Manager
Arsenal have appointed former Valencia and Sevilla boss, Unai Emery as their new manager.
The former Paris Saint-Germain manager succeeds Arsene Wenger whose 22 year reign at the club ended last season.
The manager, who won 5 major trophies while at PSG, has signed a two-year contract at the North London club.
A statement on Arsenal’s official website read: “Unai Emery is to become our new head coach. He joins the club after completing a two-year spell at Paris Saint-Germain, where he recently landed the treble of Ligue 1, Coupe de France and the Coupe de la Ligue.”
Arsenal chief Ivan Gazidis, had this to say: “Unai has an outstanding track record of success throughout his career.
“He 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.”
Emery has however been replaced by former Borussia Dortmund coach, Thomas Tuchel after he did not have his contract extended.
Unai Emery expressed delight at his new job and spoke about his contact with the club before acquiring the top job. He said: ‘There was fantastic chemistry between us. Arsenal have a wonderful history, and I hoped that there could be a future for the club.
‘The second meeting was with the chairman, and they translated what the fans wanted from the club. The third meeting was with the owner in Atlanta, and there we had a fantastic feeling about the project.
‘Every step leading up to today has been very positive. Coming to Arsenal is something that makes me very proud and is a chance for me to grow.
“We will create a new present and future for Arsenal Football Club.’
In his opening statement on Wednesday, Emery thanked many people, beginning with the Kroenke family, the chairman and board, before also acknowledging former manager, Arsene Wenger.
Emery was later asked what the objectives for the future would be, and if there were high aims for the club.