Emery Joins Premier League Club
Arsenal have confirmed the appointment of Unai Emery as their new coach. The 46-year-old Spaniard succeeds Arsene Wenger who stepped down at the end of the season following almost 22 years in charge.
Emery recently left Paris Saint-Germain after the French club decided not to renew his contract. He won five domestic trophies during his two years in charge including a domestic treble of Ligue 1, Coupe de la Ligue and the Coupe de France in the season just ended.
Emery inadvertently confirmed his appointment late last night in a posting on his website.
Arsenal chief executive Ivan Gazidis 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.
“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.”
Manchester City assistant manager Mikel Arteta was widely believed to be the favourite for the job. But the Gunners have plumped instead for the experience of Emery.
He began his managerial career at Spanish lower-league side Lorca in 2005 when he was offered the job of head coach after his playing career came to an end. He went on to coach Almeria, Valencia, Spartak Moscow and Sevilla where he won three consecutive Europa League titles.
“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. 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.”