Saturday 22 September 2018

Arsenal's Unai Emery welcome video appears to erase Arsene Wenger from history

Unai Emery
Unai Emery
Independent.ie Newsdesk

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No managerial appointment or new signing is complete without a glossy welcome video, and Arsenal did not disapppoint with a slick production beckoning the Unai Emery-era.

Using the motif 'The Next Chapter', the 50-second clip posted on the club's official Twitter account segued through the notable managerial reigns of Arsenal's history - with the exception of Arsene Wenger's garlanded 22 years.

The bizarre omission left many supporters bemused, with two Doubles, and unbeaten title-winning season, Arsenal's first European Cup final, a new stadium and a record number of FA Cups passed over.

Instead the video skipped straight from the end of the George Graham-era in 1995 to the arrival of Emery, Arsenal's new head coach.

Arsenal did follow the video with a picture of Emery and Wenger together when Arsenal faced PSG in the Champions League in 2016, but the absence of Arsenal's most successful manager from the video seemed strange.

Wenger and Arsenal parted ways at the end of the season after reaching a 'mutual decision' about his future.

The April announcement ensured Wenger received an emotional farewell from Arsenal fans, particularly after his final home match in charge - a 5-0 victory over Burnley.

His final season the first without a top-four finish or major trophy, as Arsenal slumped to sixth in the Premier League with 63 points - the lowest tally  of Wenger's tenure.

Reflecting on his long goodbye, Wenger told Bein Sports: "We sat together and thought that would be better, to have somebody that comes in that has credit and patience."

'There's a great spirit in the team, it was a pleasure to work with them, there's great potential in the team, somebody coming in and having time will fight for the championship."

'You felt always there was an impatience there, no forgiveness anymore. When you're such a long time there there's impatience. We were used to always huge success but nothing was good enough anymore."

Arsenal looked set to hire former captain Mikel Arteta until a late change of course saw them move for Emery, who won three Europa Leagues with Sevilla.

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."

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