Arsenal Linked With Former PSG Coach Emery

But Arteta Remains Favourite For The Job

Unai Emery Arsenal
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Former Paris Saint-Germain coach Unai Emery has emerged as a candidate for the vacant manager’s post at Arsenal.

Emery left the Ligue 1 side at the weekend after two seasons in charge. He won the domestic treble during his final season and the Coupe de France and Coupe de la Ligue in his first campaign in charge. But he was unable to get past the Round of 16 in the Champions League hence the decision to part company with the Spaniard.

According to the Daily Mail, Emery’s availability has alerted the powers-that-be at Arsenal. Outgoing boss Arsene Wenger has backed Manchester City assistant manager Mikel Arteta for the job and the former Gunner is favourite to succeed the Frenchman. Reports over the weekend claimed that only the composition of Arteta’s backroom staff is holding up the move.

But the report is flawed in that Emery’s departure from PSG was announced at the end of April so his candidature must have been considered by Arsenal long before now.

The 46-year-old won three consecutive Europa League titles during his time with Sevilla. The side also finished as runner-up in the Copa del Rey. It is his trophy-laden managerial career – eight major honours in all – that has apparently brought him to the attention of Arsenal.

Even so, Arteta is still looking the likeliest candidate.

Wilshere To Stay

Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere looks set to put pen to paper on a new three-year deal with the club.

Wilshere has been offered a deal that would put him on less money than under the terms of his present contract but with more in appearance money and bonuses.

Everton, West Ham United, Wolverhampton Wanderers, Juventus and AC Milan have also been linked with Wilshere whose current deal expires at the end of the season. But the former England international – who made 40 appearances for the Gunners this season – looks set to stay.