Arsenal has announced former Paris Saint-Germain coach Unai Emery as their new boss on Wednesday. He is tasked with revitalizing a club that has dropped well behind their Premier League rivals.
The Spaniard, who won the domestic treble with Paris Saint-Germain this season, emerged as the shocking favourite to replace Arsene Wenger earlier this week after it had appeared former Arsenal captain Mikel Arteta was in line to land the job at the Emirates.
Wenger left at the end of the season following a 22-year reign, with the club finishing sixth in the Premier League — 37 points behind champions Manchester City — and failing to qualify for the Champions League.
“I am thrilled to be joining one of the great clubs in the game,” Emery, 46, told Arsenal’s website.
“Arsenal is known and loved throughout the world for its style of play, its commitment to young players, the fantastic stadium, the way the club is run. I’m very excited to be given the responsibility to start this important new chapter in Arsenal’s history.”
Chief executive Ivan Gazidis said the agreement to appoint the former Valencia and Spartak Moscow boss had been unanimous. “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,” he said.
“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.”
Emery left PSG this month after winning Ligue 1 and four domestic cups in two seasons in the French capital. The Spaniard, who will be unveiled at a press conference at the Emirates later on Wednesday, will work in a head coach capacity at Arsenal. It follows the appointments of Raul Sanllehi as head of football relations and Sven Mislintat as head of recruitment over the past year