Unai Emery set to be Arsenal Manager

Lawrence Kim
May 22, 2018

Emery led PSG to a domestic treble before he was let go by the French club.

Emery flew into London on Monday for negotiations before a unanimous choice of the Spaniard replacing Arsene Wenger at the Emirates.

Emery, who won three Europa Leagues during his three-year spell in charge of Sevilla, had been expected to return to Spain to take charge of Real Sociedad following the end of his two-year reign at PSG.

Arsenal insisted on Monday night that they had not got cold feet over offering the job to Arteta, insisting they were fully committed to the process of identifying Wenger's replacement.

Emery won five trophies in Paris but the French club were humiliated when Barcelona turned round a 4-0 aggregate score to knock PSG out of the Champions League a year ago.

While he had helped them continue their domestic dominance, his departure was assured when they failed to make significant headway in the Champions League for the second successive campaign.

Arsenal to appoint Unai Emery as Arsene Wenger's replacement
Football: Unai Emery set to be named new Arsenal manager

PSG, who have won five French league titles in six years and are owned by big- spending Qatar Sports Investments, have struggled for success on the European stage.

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.

Wenger, who managed the London-based side for 22 years, waved goodbye to the club's training ground at the start of the week.

But outspoken former Arsenal forward-turned pundit Ian Wright, speaking to BBC Radio 5 Live, said: "It's like they're at the sushi shop".

"You know the stuff that's just going past?"

Arteta had always been in the frame and is understood to have wanted assurances over the role he will play in Arsenal's transfer policy before agreeing to join the club as new head coach.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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