Unai Emery Taking Over From Wenger At Arsenal

Unai Emery, a Former Paris Saint-Germain coach looks set to become Arsene Wenger’s successor after 22 years as Arsenal manager, according

Unai Emery, a Former Paris Saint-Germain coach looks set to become Arsene Wenger’s successor after 22 years as Arsenal manager, according to a report by the BBC.

Emery, 46, won Ligue 1 and four domestic cups in two seasons in the French capital before departing earlier this month.

However, the Spaniard paid for his failure to get PSG beyond the last 16 of the Champions League in his two seasons at the Parc des Princes.

But Emery flew in for talks with the Arsenal board on Monday, May 21, 2018, and suddenly Arteta found himself out of the running, with the ex-PSG boss becoming the new favourite.

PSG had previously reached four consecutive Champions League quarter-finals following the Qatari takeover of the club in 2011, but Emery oversaw a humiliating defeat to Barcelona in the last 16 a year ago, losing 6-1 at the Camp Nou after a 4-0 win in the first leg.

The club then committed to spending 400 million euros ($483 million) on Neymar and Kylian Mbappe alone — the two most expensive transfer deals in history — last year, but Paris were eliminated in the last 16 again this year, going out to Real Madrid.

“We lost against Real but they are showing that they are maybe still the strongest team in Europe,” said Emery when announcing his departure.

Emery previously enjoyed great success on the European stage at Sevilla, where he won three Europa League titles in three full seasons at the Sanchez Pizjuan.

Arsenal have been looking for a new boss for the first time in over two decades since Wenger announced last month he was stepping down at the end of the season.

A sixth-placed finish in the Premier League, the Frenchman’s worst-ever return, means the Gunners have failed to qualify for the Champions League for a second straight season.

Mikel Arteta, a Former Arsenal midfielder, who has formed part of Pep Guardiola’s coaching staff at Premier League champions Manchester City for the past two seasons, appeared to be the front runner in the past week.

Arteta, who played 150 games for Arsenal between 2011 and 2016, even had Wenger’s blessing.

“He was a leader, has good passion for the game, knows the club and knows what is important at the club,” Wenger told BeIn Sports.

However, Arteta’s lack of previous managerial experience appears to have seen him lose out to his compatriot.

Emery’s own playing career was a modest one, largely in Spain’s lower divisions after failing to make the grade at Real Sociedad.

However, he established a reputation as a bright young coach at Lorca and Almeria before being handed his first big job at Valencia in 2008.

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Arsenal and Chelsea linked-Dembele set for Barcelona stay

According to Spanish reports this evening, Barcelona winger Ousmane Dembele is set to remain in Catalunya this summer, despite heavy

According to Spanish reports this evening, Barcelona winger Ousmane Dembele is set to remain in Catalunya this summer, despite heavy links with a move to the Premier League.

In-demand

21-year-old Dembele enjoyed a stellar season for Borussia Dortmund in 2016/17, cementing himself as one of world football’s most coveted young stars.

A return of 10 goals and a staggering 21 assists in his debut campaign at the Westfalenstadion left Europe’s top sides scrambling for the services of the wing wizard, with La Liga giants Barcelona having sought out the Frenchman to replace Neymar, following his move to Paris Saint-Germain.

Done deal

Following months of speculation, Dembele finally completed his long-anticipated move to the Blaugrana in August for a then-club-record fee potentially rising to almost 150 million Euro.

However, the youngster’s time at the Camp Nou has not gone exactly according to plan since, with a number of injuries having restricted Dembele to just 14 starts across all competitions.

The 9-time capped French international has showcased flashes of brilliance during his time on the pitch with the Blaugrana, including a stunning finish in the Champions League round of 16 versus Chelsea, a brace versus Villarreal earlier this month, and 6 assists during limited minutes in La Liga, but, overall, Dembele has not yet proven to Barcelona’s fans exactly what he is capable of when fully fit and firing.

Barcelona Chelsea Courtois

BARCELONA, SPAIN – MARCH 14: Ousmane Dembele of Barcelona celebrates with Lionel Messi as he scores their second goal as Thibaut Courtois and N’Golo Kante of Chelsea look dejected during the UEFA Champions League Round of 16 Second Leg match FC Barcelona and Chelsea FC at Camp Nou on March 14, 2018 in Barcelona, Spain. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

Going nowhere

Despite Barca having splashed out such a massive fee on the youngster just 9 months ago, Dembele has already been heavily linked with a departure from the Camp Nou, with the likes of Arsenal and Chelsea both touted as potential destinations.

A loan move to the Emirates for the 2018/19 season has even been touted in England.

However, as per the aforementioned report from Spanish outlet COPE, despite suggestions to the contrary, Dembele will not, under any circumstances, depart Catalunya this summer, with the Frenchman eager to ‘prove himself’ under the bright lights at the Camp Nou.

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Unai Emery confirms Arsenal arrival

Spanish tactician Unai Emery has tonight confirmed his imminent arrival at Premier League outfit Arsenal. Farewell As has been the

Spanish tactician Unai Emery has tonight confirmed his imminent arrival at Premier League outfit Arsenal.

Farewell

As has been the talk of world football over the last month, Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger confirmed on the 20th of April that he is set to bring his 22-year spell in charge of the capital outfit to an end this summer:

Candidates

Following on from the flood of tributes from players, managers and pundits alike, thanking Wenger for what he has done for the game and wishing him well with his future endeavours, the other big story in the English media has surrounded who could be set to replace the Frenchman in North London this summer.

The likes of Brendan Rodgers, Carlo Ancelotti, Thierry Henry, Patrick Vieira, Thomas Tuchel, Mikel Arteta, Luis Enrique and Max Allegri have all been touted as potential arrivals at the Emirates, with previous favourite Allegri having seemingly ruled himself out of the running for the job last Sunday night, after Juventus secured their 7th-straight Scudetto title and 4th-straight domestic double with a 0-0 draw at Roma.

‘If they don’t fire me, I see myself as staying at Juventus next year too‘, the Italian tactician explained during his post-match press conference.

Front-runner

As such, the last week saw the other hotly-tipped favourite to take over the reigns at the Emirates, in the form of Mikel Arteta, pushed as the clear front-runner to succeed Arsene Wenger in North London.

A recent report from the Independent even went as far as to claim that Arteta was so eager to make a return to the club, that he had ‘already thought up plans for his backroom staff’ at the Emirates.

MUNICH, GERMANY – MARCH 10: Arsene Wenger (R), manager of Arsenal FC and Mikel Arteta address the media during a press conference ahead of their UEFA Champions League round of sixteen second leg match against FC Bayern Muenchen at Allianz Arena on March 10, 2014 in Munich, Germany. (Photo by Lennart Preiss/Bongarts/Getty Images)

Done deal

However, a surprise report courtesy of Spanish outlet Marca yesterday evening claimed that Arsenal had in fact come to a definitive decision that Arteta would not be the man tasked with replacing Arsene Wenger, due to his lack of experience as a first-team manager.

The report went on to claim that the board at the Emirates were locked in negotiations with Unai Emery, who recently departed PSG, over becoming the new manager of the club.

And, as per a huge update from the ever-reliable David Ornstein in the hours that followed, Marca’s sources were proven very much correct, amid news that Emery had clinched a deal to take his place on the bench at the Emirates next season:

‘Proud to be part of the Arsenal family’

And, after follow-up reports emerged earlier today stating that Emery was set to be officially announced as the new Gunners’ boss over the next couple of days, the Spanish tactician confirmed his imminent Arsenal appointment tonight with a graphic on his official website, as showcased below:

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Arsenal’s fans are not happy with the club’s new home jersey

Droves of Arsenal supporters have taken to Twitter this evening to complain about the club’s new home jersey for the

Droves of Arsenal supporters have taken to Twitter this evening to complain about the club’s new home jersey for the 2018/19 season.

Change at the helm

Next season is set to be one of new beginnings for the Gunners, after Arsene Wenger confirmed his decision to step down after 22 years at the helm in North London.

Following weeks of speculation, reports emerged last night that former PSG boss Unai Emery has been chosen as the man to replace Wenger at the Emirates, with a number of squad changes also expected to take place.

Jack Wilshere’s contract dispute with the club has still not been resolved, while the likes of Aaron Ramsey, Petr Cech and Hector Bellerin have all been linked with exits.

Fresh look

Another change set to take place, albeit an altogether less important one on the grand scale of things for Arsenal, comes in the form of the club’s new jersey, with the Gunners’ official social media pages having officially unveiled the design that their players will don on the pitch next season earlier today:

Not happy

However, to say that the new design (in particular the pink sleeves) has not gone down well with the Arsenal faithful would be an understatement.

Check out the best of the disappointed Twitter reaction below:

Arsenal’s odds on signing Thomas Lemar & Riyad Mahrez

Arsenal set to sign Joel Lopez from Barcelona

Arsenal’s odds on signing Thomas Lemar & Riyad Mahrez

Arsenal & Unai Emery It’s still yet to be made official, but the word is out: Unai Emery will be

Arsenal & Unai Emery

It’s still yet to be made official, but the word is out: Unai Emery will be the new Arsenal manager.

Emery has just left PSG. During his stay in Paris, Emery won the domestic treble in 2017-18, as well as the French Cup double in 2016-17.

Many had thought that Mikel Arteta would get the Arsenal job until the BBC confirmed that Emery will succeed Arsene Wenger instead.

Arsenal odds on signing Thomas Lemar

Many Arsenal fans will be wondering who Unai Emery may sign once installed at the club.

For months there have been links to Monaco winger Thomas Lemar.

Looking at the current market for Lemar, the bookies have Arsenal priced at 10/1 to land the French international.

Man City are 5/2 to sign Lemar, while Liverpool are 7/2.


Paddy Power odds on signing Thomas Lemar


Arsenal odds on signing Riyad Mahrez

Leicester City’s Algerian star Riyad Mahrez is another player who has long been linked with Arsenal.

Many believe that Mahrez will finally get to leave Leicester this off-season.

Arsenal are 12/1 to sign Mahrez from the King Power Stadium. Man City are the favourites at 3/10, while Liverpool are 7/1.


Paddy Power odds on signing Riyad Mahrez


Hector Bellerin’s Arsenal future

Will Hector Bellerin still be an Arsenal player come the start of next season?

Bellerin was targeted for criticism last season as the Spanish right-back regressed.

As Arsenal’s backline failed to impress as a whole, Bellerin was a disappointment in the full-back slot.

Barcelona are 9/4 to sign Bellerin this summer, while Juventus are 3/1 to complete a transfer.

Atletico Madrid and Real Madrid are both priced at 16/1 to sign Bellerin.


Paddy Power odds on Hector Bellerin’s future


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Arsenal close in on another Barcelona youngster During Arsene Wenger’s time at Arsenal, the Gunners made a habit of prising

Arsenal close in on another Barcelona youngster

During Arsene Wenger’s time at Arsenal, the Gunners made a habit of prising young talent from Barcelona’s La Masia conveyor belt.

Cesc Fabregas came from Barcelona and became Arsenal captain before returning to the Camp Nou.

Whilst Hector Bellerin has been a fixture in the Arsenal side having gone down the same route.

On Tuesday, there are reliable reports that Arsenal are set to sign another full back from Barcelona’s La Masia academy.

Joel Lopez close to signing for Arsenal

Lopez, a left back, who plays for Barcelona Under-16s is close to an agreement with Arsenal.

The Gunners will have to pay training fees for Lopez.

Arsenal have been amongst a host of European sides linked with Barcelona winger Ousmane Dembele.

Somewhat ironically, Arsenal’s current left back is Nacho Monreal, another Spaniard, who was called up to the Spain World Cup squad on Monday.

Video footage of Joel Lopez is pretty difficult to come by. To get into the Arsenal first team, he will have to get past Monreal and Sead Kolasinac.

Lopez will be playing for another famed youth system in Arsenal’s. This season the Gunners were beaten by Chelsea in the FA Youth Cup final.

Arsenal fans will be more concerned with Unai Emery and how they progress in the short term, but it looks like the club are not forgetting about the future.

Related: Arsenal unveil their new home kit for 2018/2019.

Mikel Arteta & Arsenal players stunned by Unai Emery news.

Arsenal unveil their new home kit for 2018/2019

Arsenal produce new kit for next season In recent seasons, with Arsene Wenger continuing as Arsenal boss, the Gunners kit

Arsenal produce new kit for next season

In recent seasons, with Arsene Wenger continuing as Arsenal boss, the Gunners kit reveal was big news and signalled the change from old campaign to new season.

On Tuesday, Arsenal revealed their new kit for 2018/2019 and it feels very much like an afterthought due to all the managerial news surrounding the club right now.

The big news on Monday evening was that Mikel Arteta, the former favourite for the Arsenal job, had been pushed out the running by Unai Emery.

Related: Mikel Arteta & Arsenal players stunned by Unai Emery news.

LONDON, ENGLAND – MAY 06: Arsene Wenger, Manager of Arsenal shows appreciation to the fans as he walks out prior to the Premier League match between Arsenal and Burnley at Emirates Stadium on May 6, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)

Arsenal to wear pink sleeves

There have been plenty of leaks of this Arsenal kit, as is now standard in the mobile internet age.

Arsenal revealed their new home strips with a video featuring Pierre Emerick Aubameyang and Mesut Ozil.

In what is expected to be the last season of Puma at Arsenal, Aubameyang and Ozil explain how they fell in love with football.

On paper, Ozil looks like he could struggle under Unai Emery’s pressing game next season. If reports are to be believed, the Spaniard wants to build his Arsenal side around the Gabon striker and Aaron Ramsey.

See the full video reveal of the new Arsenal kit below.

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Santi Cazorla sends farewell message to Arsenal’s fans (Video)

Arsenal midfielder Santi Cazorla this evening posted a farewell video message to the Gunners’ faithful, following confirmation of the news

Arsenal midfielder Santi Cazorla this evening posted a farewell video message to the Gunners’ faithful, following confirmation of the news that he will depart the club this summer.

Crocked

Cazorla, who developed into one of Arsene Wenger’s key men in North London following his arrival from Malaga in 2012, has not featured for Arsenal since October of 2016, when he picked up an achilles injury in a Champions League clash with Ludogorets.

The original diagnosis of the Spaniard’s problem suggested that he would be ruled out for just 3 weeks.

However, this has since proven to be far from the case, with Cazorla having now joined the likes of former Arsenal stars Tomas Rosicky and Abou Diaby in missing lengthy periods with what had originally been deemed only a minor issue.

Breakdown

Seraphin Health provided a breakdown of Cazorla’s injury nightmare in an enlightening video in September of last year, which revealed that the Spaniard had been forced to undergo a whopping 8 surgeries:

Hopeful

While the vast majority of Arsenal’s fans had long given up on the idea of seeing Cazorla ever line out in the club’s colours again due to his injury troubles, the Gunners’ faithful were surprisingly provided with a glimmer of hope last month, when Cazorla was first photographed kicking a ball around by himself at the Emirates, before the 33-year-old made a miraculous return to training with the Arsenal first-team earlier this month.

On the move

As such, supporters of the North Londoners quickly called for the club to offer Cazorla a new contract, in the hopes that the diminutive Spaniard may yet rediscover some of his previous brilliance on the pitch next season.

However, after having their hopes raised, Arsenal’s fans were quickly brought back down to earth by confirmation this evening that Cazorla is set for a return to Villarreal following the expiration of his contract at the Emirates next month.

Farewell

And Cazorla, ever the class-act, has since taken to social media to post a special message to Arsenal’s  supporters, thanking them for their support over the last 6 seasons, and admitting that he is ‘very sad’ to be leaving the club:

Arsenal legend slams club over Vieira and Arteta treatment

Former Arsenal striker Ian Wright has this evening taken aim at his former employers, for their treatment of both Mikel

Former Arsenal striker Ian Wright has this evening taken aim at his former employers, for their treatment of both Mikel Arteta and Patrick Vieira during the club’s hunt for a new manager.

Farewell

As has been the talk of world football over the last month, Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger confirmed on the 20th of April that he is set to bring his 22-year spell in charge of the capital outfit to an end this summer:

Candidates

Following on from the flood of tributes from players, managers and pundits alike, thanking Wenger for what he has done for the game and wishing him well with his future endeavours, the other big story in the English media has surrounded who could be set to replace the Frenchman in North London this summer.

The likes of Brendan Rodgers, Carlo Ancelotti, Thierry Henry, Patrick Vieira, Thomas Tuchel, Mikel Arteta, Luis Enrique and Max Allegri have all been touted as potential arrivals at the Emirates, with previous favourite Allegri having seemingly ruled himself out of the running for the job last Sunday night, after Juventus secured their 7th-straight Scudetto title and 4th-straight domestic double with a 0-0 draw at Roma.

‘If they don’t fire me, I see myself as staying at Juventus next year too‘, the Italian tactician explained during his post-match press conference.

Front-runner

As such, the last week has seen the other hotly-tipped favourite to take over the reigns at the Emirates, in the form of Mikel Arteta, pushed as the clear front-runner to succeed Arsene Wenger in North London.

A recent report from the Independent even went as far as to claim that Arteta is so eager to make a return to the club, that he has ‘already thought up plans for his backroom staff’ at the Emirates.

MUNICH, GERMANY – MARCH 10: Arsene Wenger (R), manager of Arsenal FC and Mikel Arteta address the media during a press conference ahead of their UEFA Champions League round of sixteen second leg match against FC Bayern Muenchen at Allianz Arena on March 10, 2014 in Munich, Germany. (Photo by Lennart Preiss/Bongarts/Getty Images)

Done deal

However, a surprise report courtesy of Spanish outlet Marca earlier this evening claimed that Arsenal had in fact come to a definitive decision that Arteta would not be the man tasked with replacing Arsene Wenger, due to his lack of experience as a first-team manager.

The report went on to claim that the board at the Emirates were locked in negotiations with Unai Emery, who recently departed PSG, over becoming the new manager of the club.

And, as per a further update from the ever-reliable David Ornstein in the hours since, Marca’s sources have seemingly been proven correct, amid news that Emery is all set to take his place on the bench in North London next season:

Slammed

As such, the likes of Arteta and Patrick Vieira, who were both contacted by Arsenal with regards to the job, were left to wonder what might have been, with Gunners’ legend Ian Wright having since absolutely torn into the board at the Emirates for their treatment of both men.

Speaking on BBC Radio 5 Live, Wright first sniped with regards to Arteta:

‘Why have they strung him along? Why couldn’t they just be honest and come out and say ‘this is what we’re going for’?’

‘It seems like they went ‘OK, we’re not going for him now because we don’t like the way the public has reacted, let’s go for him and see what they say.’

‘It just seems really desperate.’

On Vieira, Wright was even more damning in his assessment of Arsenal’s approach:

‘One of the saddest things was Arsenal getting in touch with Patrick (Vieira) was tokenism.’

‘To go from Arteta, who I was thinking was getting it, was fine, to approach Patrick like that, a legend of the club like that, I think that was despicable.’

Wright was then questioned on whether he saw it as tokenism due to Vieira being an Arsenal legend or being black:

‘I don’t know. You can choose, whichever way. Did they do it maybe because they had to interview?’

‘If they’ve just gone from Arteta to Unai Emery, who you say they spoke to ages ago – he was 66/1 or whatever it was – why did they do that to Patrick if they had no… this is what I’m talking about. Embarrassing, embarrassing thing to do.’

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Arsenal are set to announce the historic appointment of their second manager in the last 22 years with former Paris Saint-Germain

Arsenal are set to announce the historic appointment of their second manager in the last 22 years with former Paris Saint-Germain manager Unai Emery to take charge at the Emirates, according to multiple reports.

The Gunners will announce Emery as Arsene Wenger’s successor later this week following a thorough process which resulted in club officials voting unanimously in favour of the 46-year-old.

However, the reaction to the Spaniard’s appointment has not been received well on Twitter with numerous football journalists questioning Arsenal’s decision.

David Ornstein’s confirmation

Emery in

Unai Emery

Unai Emery manager of PSG looks on prior to the UEFA Champions League group B match between Paris Saint-Germain and RSC Anderlecht at Parc des Princes on October 31, 2017 in Paris, France. (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)

With Mikel Arteta having withdrawn from the process, according to Sky Sports, Emery automatically became the Gunners’ first choice appointment – which is now close to being finalised.

Having recently departed his position at the Parc des Prances, the former Seville and PSG manager is now set for Arsenal having become the front-runner for the job.

Emery claimed three consecutive Europa League title during his time at Seville, going on to win Ligue 1 and the Coupe de France with PSG.

However, his performances in the Champions League and domestically in the league have been somewhat uninspiring having never advanced past the last-16 of the Champions League in six attempts and a failure to guide Seville into La Liga’s top four.

Reservations over Emery