Unai Emery named as new Arsenal head coach

  • Unai Emery named as new Arsenal head coach

Unai Emery named as new Arsenal head coach

Arsenal's efforts to tempt former Barcelona coach Luis Enrique failed due his wage demands, Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri said he wanted to stay with the club and Germany coach Joachim Low signed a new contract with the German football federation last week.

The former Valencia and Spartak Moscow boss has been handed the title of head coach, in a departure to Wenger's standing.

The 46-year-old Spaniard became the Premier League club's first managerial hire in 22 years, following weeks of speculation about the identity of Arsene Wenger's successor.

"We need to arrive and be with the best clubs in the Premier League and the best clubs in the world". Instead, Arsenal opted for an established coach - and one who has constantly delivered trophies at Sevilla and Paris Saint-German.

The club will be desperate to re-establish themselves among the Premier League elite. "All the conversations I have had with the club shows we share the same vision for the club". That's something that is in Arsenal's history and it's in my history as well.

He achieved promotion and then moved to Almeria, who he took up to La Liga for the first time before taking over at Valencia, where he guided the team into the Champions League with three consecutive top-three finishes.

"I am thrilled to be joining one of the great clubs in the game", said the new Spanish boss. Arsenal have been looking for a new coach for the first time in over two decades since Wenger announced last month he was stepping down at the end of the season.

Ivan Gazidis, the chief executive, has overhauled the club, with Raul Sanllehi and Sven Mislintat having been given overall responsibility for transfers. He also struggled to impose his will on a dressing room packed with egos.

Emery, who won three successive Europa League titles at Sevilla before leaving for Paris, will have also endeared himself to plenty of Arsenal supporters when he was asked about his preferred style of play.

It remains to be seen if Emery can bridge the gap to the Manchester clubs, with Arsenal finishing a staggering 37 points behind champions City, and 18 points behind second-placed United in Arsene Wenger's final season at the club.

The first of those was particularly jarring, with PSG surrendering a 4-0 first-leg lead to crash out to Barcelona past year.

Arsenal, though, is sure it has a "serial victor". "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".