Arsenal set to appoint Unai Emery as new manager

  • Arsenal set to appoint Unai Emery as new manager

Arsenal set to appoint Unai Emery as new manager

Unai Emery is the new frontrunner for the Arsenal job after Mikel Arteta withdrew from the running to succeed Arsene Wenger, according to Sky sources.

Arsenal insist that they ran a "thorough process to find their successor to Arsene Wenger which included 'many hours of research analysis and interviews with prime candidates".

That all happened on the day Wenger left the training ground for the last time after 22 years at the helm.

At Paris St Germain he would win one Ligue 1 championship and four domestic trophies across a two-year span, but there were also a pair of last-16 Champions League exits.

Ex-Arsenal player Mikel Arteta, a member of Pep Guardiola's coaching staff at Premier League champions Manchester City, then emerged as a surprise frontrunner.

They also insist that Emery has been spoken to a fortnight ago although the ex-Sevilla boss was quoted last week insisting that there had been no contact from Arsenal.

Previously he guided Sevilla to three consecutive Europa League triumphs between 2014 and 2016.

Emery will now step into the manager's job at the Emirates Stadium, where his reported budget is just £50million - quite the difference from the vast fortunes at his disposal at PSG.

Neymar was bought for 222 million euros ($268 million) from Barcelona in the close season to help increase PSG's chances of winning Europe's elite club competition, and Emery was widely held responsible for their disappointing Champions League campaign.

These days there are no unknowns on Planet Football - not like back in 1996, when the Evening Standard reacted with bewilderment to the club's appointment of a Frenchman who was working in Japan.

Other candidates included Juventus manager Massimiliano Allegri and former Chelsea and Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti, as well as former Arsenal players Arteta, Thierry Henry and Patrick Vieira. Unai Emery's now the favourite, he's going to be the manager?