Saturday 15 December 2018

Arsenal confirm Unai Emery's appointment as their new manager

Unai Emery
Unai Emery
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Arsenal have announced Unai Emery as the club's new head coach.

Emery, 46, left Paris St Germain at the end of the season having won three trophies and will replace Arsene Wenger at the Emirates Stadium.

The Spaniard emerged as the shock favourite earlier this week after it had seemed former Arsenal captain Mikel Arteta was in line to land the job.

Instead the role has gone to Emery, who won three successive Europa League titles with Sevilla before moving to PSG in 2016.

Wenger departed at the end of the season following a 22-year reign, with the club finishing sixth in the Premier League.

Emery, who will be unveiled at a press conference at the Emirates on Wednesday afternoon, will work in a head coach capacity at Arsenal.

That follows the appointments of Raul Sanllehi as head of football relations and Sven Mislintat as head of recruitment over the past year.

The club are seemingly keen to steer away from the model formed under Wenger, with Emery now expected to work closely with the pair in an attempt to bring success back to Arsenal.

"I am thrilled to be joining one of the great clubs in the game," Emery told Arsenal's website following the announcement of his appointment.

"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."

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