Wednesday 17 October 2018

Five things you may not know about Arsenal's new coach Unai Emery

Unai Emery becomes Arsenal's new head coach, replacing long-serving manager Arsene Wenger. (Adam Davy/PA Images)
Unai Emery becomes Arsenal's new head coach, replacing long-serving manager Arsene Wenger. (Adam Davy/PA Images)

Arsenal have appointed Unai Emery as their new head coach.

Here, we look at five things you may not know about the Spaniard, who switched from player to manager in 2005.

Football runs in the family

Emery followed his family blood line into the game - both his father and grandfather, named Juan and Antonio respectively, were goalkeepers. The former appeared for several clubs in the Spanish second tier, whilst the latter competed with Real Union in the top division and his uncle Roman played as a midfielder.

Injury calls for managerial role

Emery's first managerial post was at former Spanish third-tier side Lorca Deportiva, with whom he made more than 30 appearances as a midfielder before succumbing to a knee injury aged 32 in the 2004-05 season and being offered the coaching job. He led them to promotion and from there he moved on to a four-year spell in charge of Valencia, taking Los Che to European qualification in each season before a short stint holding the reins at Spartak Moscow in 2012.

Personal achievements

During his spell in charge of Sevilla, Emery received a nomination for the FIFA Best Coach Award in 2015 - after a fifth-placed finish in LaLiga - but eventually lost out to then Barcelona boss Luis Enrique. He collected gongs for European Coach of the Season in 2013-14 and multiple LaLiga Manager of the Month awards at Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan, while more recently he was awarded the the Trophees UNFP du football, top manager prize at Paris St Germain.

Sevilla successes

Benfica, Dnipro and Liverpool were the teams beaten by Sevilla in Europa League finals between 2014 and 2016. The Portuguese giants were defeated 4-2 on penalties after a goalless draw in 2014, before Ukraine's Dnipro were downed 3-2 the following year. The hat-trick was completed with a 3-1 come-from-behind win over Liverpool in Basel two years ago.

Sporting connection

Emery is not the only sporting son from the Basque town of Hondarribia - golfer Jose Maria Olazabal, Masters winner in 1994 and 1999, also hails from there.

Online Editors

Sport Newsletter

The best sport action straight to your inbox every morning.

Editor's Choice

Also in Sport