Get To Know Unai Emery As Arsenal Football Club Unveils The Spaniard As Wenger’s Replacement

Arsenal Football Club of London has unveiled, Unai Emery as its new manager, following the exit of former coach Arsene

Arsenal Football Club of London has unveiled, Unai Emery as its new manager, following the exit of former coach Arsene Wenger after the latter’s 21years spell in with the club.

Read: Arsene Wenger Announces His Exit From The Club After 21 Years

Emery, the former PSG boss was picked ahead of the pundits favourite, Mikel Arteta. His pedigree and experience both in the domestic leagues and in Europe made him edge out Arteta.

Emery while in France won a treble comprising Ligue 1, the French Cup and French League Cup in his final season and earlier in his career in the Spanish league, won three successive Europa League titles in charge of Sevilla. Arteta who was a former player at the Emirates had been working in the last one year with Manchester City’s Pep Guardiola.

Here are 5 quick facts about the new arsenal coach.

1. Age and nationality

Unai Emery is a Spanish manager who is 46-years-old. He was born on third of November 1971, in Hondarribia, in the Basque region of Spain.

2. Professional Football Career

Emery had a fairly professional football career before he went into management. He started his playing career for the youth set-up of Real Sociedad before his promotion into the first team. He also played for ToledoRacing FerrolLeganés before he retired at Lorca Deportiva in 2004.

3. Managerial career

Emery started his coaching career with Lorca Deportiva, the club he retired from in 2004, where he helped them gain promotion to the second division for the first time in the club’s history.

After his time at Lorca Deportiva, he moved on to coach, Almería, Valencia Spartak Moscow and Sevilla leading the side to three consecutive Europa League titles between 2013 and 2016 although he was unable to win the UEFA Super Cup on two occasions.

4. Emery’s Time at Paris Saint-Germain

Unai Emery moved to coach PSG in June 2016 and during the course of his two-year reign has lifted Ligue 1, two French Cups and two French League Cups

 

5. Family And Personal Life

His father and grandfather were both goalkeepers while Emery’s uncle, Roman played as a midfielder. Hailing from the Basque region of Spain, Emery, having only managed in his native country, Russia (Spartak Moscow) and France, reportedly doesn’t speak much of English Langauge.

 

 

 

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Arsenal fans in meltdown over new Unai Emery video

Unai Emery confirmed as Arsenal boss To no one’s surprise, considering Unai Emery had announced the news on his own

Unai Emery confirmed as Arsenal boss

To no one’s surprise, considering Unai Emery had announced the news on his own website last night, the Spaniard was confirmed as the new Arsenal “head coach” on Wednesday morning.

Emery replaces Arsene Wenger who was Arsenal manager for the last 22 years.

The jury is very much out on Emery, despite plenty of silverware won at Sevilla (three Europa Leagues) and at PSG (are domestic trophies too easy in France?).

Nevertheless, the underlying feeling amongst Arsenal fans appears to be support for their new head coach in what really feels like a new dawn for the north London side.

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)

“The next chapter”

With so much coverage of Emery’s arrival and with the club under a microscope, there was always the chance of a social media issue arising.

Arsenal fans have not reacted well to one video put out by the club on Wednesday.

It is titled “The next chapter… #WelcomeUnai” and explains the long list of Arsenal “managers” that have come before Emery.

Whilst it does not feature every Arsenal manager, it only goes up to George Graham.

Does Ivan Gazidis want to airbrush Arsene Wenger from Arsenal history?

Arsenal fans are now wondering why their most successful ever manager, Arsene Wenger, has been left out of this clip.

Some Arsenal fans are speculating that it suggests a rift developed at the club between Ivan Gazidis and Arsene Wenger.

Gazidis was responsible for changing the structure of the club as he prepared for Arsene Wenger’s departure.

Other Arsenal supporters are arguing that putting Arsene Wenger down as a “chapter” would have also been insensitive due to his achievements for the club.

See the Arsenal fan reaction to the video below.

Related: The four new coaches Unai Emery will bring to Arsenal.

Is Unai Emery a good fit for Arsenal?

Is Unai Emery a good fit for Arsenal?

Unai Emery: Arsene Wenger’s replacement! Arsenal are expected to announced this week that Unai Emery will take over from Arsène

Unai Emery: Arsene Wenger’s replacement!

Arsenal are expected to announced this week that Unai Emery will take over from Arsène Wenger for the start of next season.

Indeed, Emery has confirmed the news on his personal website.

Emery has managed at some of Europe’s biggest clubs but will he be able to galvanise Arsenal and bring Champions League football back to the Emirates Stadium?

Emery joins Arsenal with a ton of experience

Emery is a very experinced manager as Arsenal will be his 7th club. He guided Lorca Deportiva to promotion to the Spanish second tier before being promoted again, this time with Almería who he got back to La Liga for the first time for 27 years.

This helped Emery land the Valencia job were he led Los Murciélagos to 3 successive third place finishes, they haven’t finished that high since his departure.

The only blot on Emery’s record was his brief stint in charge of Spartak Moscow.

Four defeats from 5 in the Champions League left them bottom of their group and a 5-1 home defeat to local rivals Dynamo saw his short stay in Russia end.

However, he was back in management with Sevilla just 2 months later. In his three full seasons in Andalusia he won the Europa League three times including 2016’s 3-1 win over Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool in Basel.

With such an impressive record in the Europa League could Emery repeat it with Arsenal this coming season?

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)

Was Unai Emery a success at PSG?

Emery has spent the last two seasons working in Ligue 1 with cash rich Paris Saint Germain. Whilst there he won a Ligue 1 title, 2 Coupe de France, 2 Coupe de la Ligue and 2 Trophée des Champions but that wasn’t enough to keep him in his job.

That’s because he was knocked out the Champions League in the last 16, by Barcelona last season in that incredible comeback, and then by Real Madrid at the same stage. However, this shows that he has the winning mentality that Arsenal desperately need.

You must bear in mind that all 4 of the Spanish clubs that he has taken over were not in a stable condition when he arrived. They were debt ridden and did not have money to back their manager and, in the case of Valencia and Sevilla were really punching below their weight when they appointed Emery.

Sound familiar to Arsenal’s situation?

Also, during his time as Sevilla he worked in a structure similar to what he should expect at Arsenal. Arsenal have appointed Raúl Sanllehí as Head of Football relations and Sven Mislintat as the new Head of Recruitment, both of whom Unai Emery will be happy to work alongside as it was the then Director of Football Monchi who was buying all the players at Sevilla, not Emery.

The financial constraints he’s faced may go a long way to explaining his team’s often pragmatic approach.

So what kind of style of play should Arsenal fans look forward to under the Spaniard?

His teams usually play 4-2-3-1, similar to Wenger’s Arsenal, but with a hint of 4-3-3. One of the keys to his style of play is high pressing, like Klopp’s Liverpool or Pochettino’s Spurs.

Emery’s forward players are always very high and do not give opposing teams time to play, which is a big contrast from Wenger’s style of play but could be just what Arsenal need.

This was best illustrated in 2015 when his Sevilla side beat the eventual champions Barcelona 2-1 at the Estadio Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán. Despite dominating the ball, Sevilla’s high pressure meant they dispossessed Barça’s back 4 to score twice and win the game.

I always enjoyed watching his Sevilla teams play, the same cannot be said about Arsenal over recent seasons, which is one of many reasons to be optimistic and excited by this appointment.

Ahead of the 2016 UEFA Europa League final Emery was quoted as saying “Whoever doesn’t want to grow as a player and improve can go home”, and he could be the perfect guy to improve young players like Maitland Niles, Iwobi, Mavropans, Holding and Chambers.

Could this potential Arsenal lineup, in particular the dynamic front 3, flourish under Emery?

Overall, I think Emery is a brilliant appointment for Arsenal and one to really get excited about.

He’s worked with a director of football, on a tight budget and brought success back to teams who were struggling.

He’s the perfect fit in my opinion and I can’t wait to see how he does next season.

Related: Unai Emery’s plans for Aaron Ramsey at Arsenal.

The four new coaches Unai Emery will bring to Arsenal

Unai Emery prepares to take over at Arsenal Over the weekend, according to reports, Mikel Arteta was planning his backroom

Unai Emery prepares to take over at Arsenal

Over the weekend, according to reports, Mikel Arteta was planning his backroom staff to take over at Arsenal.

In the end, Arteta got usurped for the Arsenal job and is now expected to receive a new contract at Manchester City. With the Premier League champions keen to have Arteta as the manager-in-waiting for if Pep Guardiola leaves the club.

So, for the second time this week, another manager is preparing his backroom staff to take over at Arsenal, but this time it does look like Unai Emery will get the job.

On Tuesday night, Emery’s personal website announced he had secured the Arsenal job. Currently, Emery’s site is now bringing up a 404 message.

Nevertheless, Emery is expected to be announced this week, or early next week, as the new Arsenal manager.

PSG manager Unai Emery at the Camp Nou

Unai Emery during the UEFA Champions League Round of 16 second leg match between FC Barcelona and Paris Saint-Germain at Camp Nou on March 8, 2017 in Barcelona, Spain.

On Wednesday, Matt Hughes reports in The Times that Emery is planning to bring with him four senior coaches to The Emirates.

Hughes writes: “The newcomers are expected to be Juan Carlos Carcedo (assistant coach), Pablo Villanueva (technical coach), Julen Masach (fitness coach) and Victor Manas (video analyst), completing a dramatic overhaul of Arsenal’s technical staff over the past 12 months.”

Hughes also points out just how highly regarded Emery is right now by the Arsenal hierarchy:

“In an indication of Arsenal’s determination to demonstrate their backing for Emery, the club have offered him a deal that is expected to be longer than any signed by Wenger. Ironically, given that he spent 22 years at Arsenal, the Frenchman never signed a contract for longer than three years and made a habit of renewing as he entered the final year.”

It is far from clear whether Arsene Wenger’s assistant Steve Bould will remain at the club. Invincibles goalkeeper Jens Lehmann is expected to be kept on as goalkeeping coach.

Related: Unai Emery’s plans for Aaron Ramsey at Arsenal.

Is Unai Emery a good fit for Arsenal?

Football experts unimpressed by Arsenal’s reported Unai Emery appointment

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

Wenger, Still In ‘Shock’, Sets Deadline For Future Plans

Arsenal’s French manager Arsene Wenger watches on from the touch line during the English Premier League football match between Arsenal

Arsenal’s French manager Arsene Wenger watches on from the touch line during the English Premier League football match between Arsenal and West Ham United at the Emirates Stadium in London on April 22, 2018. PHOTO: Ian KINGTON / AFP

 

Arsene Wenger admits he is still in shock after the curtain finally came down on his 22-year-reign as Arsenal manager and told The Guardian he will decide by the start of the World Cup as to do next.

The 68-year-old Frenchman — whose trophy-laden reign at the Gunners came to an end without any silverware in his final season and failed to secure Champions League football for next term — said he hadn’t discounted taking on a different role.

Wenger — who is to attend the World Cup in Russia as a pundit for Qatari-owned TV channel Bein Sports — stood down a year before his contract was due to end amid increasing discontent both among the fans and the board.

“It’s just too soon to know what I will do next,” he told The Guardian in an interview conducted in Paris this week shortly after he had taken charge of his 1,235th and final match in the Arsenal dugout — a 1-0 win at Huddersfield Town.

“I haven’t even emptied my desk yet and in a way I am still in a state of shock.

“I am going to give myself until June 14, the day the World Cup begins, to decide.

“The question is do I still want to coach, to be on the bench, or is it time to take up different functions? The one thing I can say for sure is that I will continue to work.”

Wenger, who guided Arsenal to three Premier League titles, including the famous Invincibles 2003-04 unbeaten season, and seven FA Cups, said he wasn’t certain whether, at his age, he wanted to go through the emotional turmoil of being a manager.

“But do I want to continue to suffer as much?” said Wenger.

“I want to continue to defend my ideas of football, that’s for sure. Spontaneously, I would say I still want to coach but I can’t really say that yet for sure.”

‘Write new chapters’

Wenger, who says he has not held discussions about a potential role with the Qatari owners of French champions Paris Saint Germain, with whom he has close links and who he advised them to buy the club, concedes he is too restless to just loll around kicking his heels.

“I have friends who can go and lay on a beach all day long for the whole of their holidays and I envy them,” he said.

“I just can’t do that. I get bored. I need to be doing something. I need a challenge.

“I have lived and breathed football all these years and it’s a passion -– I can’t imagine doing anything else.”

Wenger said his lack of a firm plan for the future also filled him with anticipation.

“That’s why, in a way, this is an exciting moment for me, too,” said Wenger.

“I have a new page, a blank page in front of me.

“As all good writers know, that can be a time of anguish but I hope I won’t have too much of that. It’s also a chance to write new chapters.”

Wenger, who will also spend time in Russia travelling with close friend David Dein, the man who took the inspired decision to bring him from Japan to manage Arsenal in 1996, said he believed he had helped improve English people’s perceptions of the French.

“When I arrived, you know, I was a complete unknown and I have always had the impression I am representing my country in a way,” said Wenger.

“In a land where there has always been so much animosity between the English and the French I am proud to have achieved certain things and perhaps to have opened doors for other French coaches.

“Don’t forget, when I arrived in England a foreign manager was a very rare thing.”

AFP

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Arsene Wenger reveals he is still ‘in shock’ over Arsenal departure

Not quite sunk in Now former Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has revealed that he is still in shock over his

Not quite sunk in

Now former Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has revealed that he is still in shock over his departure from the club and has discussed his future.

The Frenchman brought his 22-year tenure to an end following the conclusion of the season.

There had been many fan protests over the past few years as Arsenal failed to impress and slowly started falling out of contention with the top four.

That lead to Wenger’s resignation to allow a fresh manager to come in and push the club on once again.

Arsene wenger Arsenal

(Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)

What next?

Though, Wenger has now revealed that it still hasn’t really sunk in that he will not be at the club next season.

In fact, he has revealed he hasn’t even cleared his desk yet.

“It’s just too soon to know what I will do next,” he explained in an interview with the Guardian. 

“I haven’t even emptied my desk yet and in a way I am still in a state of shock. I am going to give myself until June 14, the day the World Cup begins, to decide.

“The question is do I still want to coach, to be on the bench, or is it time to take up different functions? The one thing I can say for sure is that I will continue to work.

“But do I want to continue to suffer as much? I want to continue to defend my ideas of football, that’s for sure.

“Spontaneously, I would say I still want to coach but I can’t really say that yet for sure.”

Arsene Wenger recalls how Arsenal nearly signed Cristiano Ronaldo

Close but no cigar Now former Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has revealed that the club nearly signed Cristiano Ronaldo before

Close but no cigar

Now former Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has revealed that the club nearly signed Cristiano Ronaldo before he signed for Manchester United.

The Portuguese star needs no introduction and has taken the world by storm since his move to Old Trafford and then onto Real Madrid.

Though, it could have been very different if Arsenal would have splashed the case for Ronaldo, instead baulking at the £12million fee.

What could have been

Speaking to Arsenal’s club website, as cited by Sky Sports, Arsene Wenger revealed just how close they came to signing Ronaldo.

“The obvious player [Arsenal missed out on] that comes to mind is Ronaldo,” he explained.

“He was here with his mother and we were very close. Then Man United came in and they had Carlos Queiroz at the time, who was their coach.

“United played against Sporting Lisbon and Ronaldo was outstanding and they signed him.

“Once we were at £4.5m, we were still in negotiations. David [Dein] met with [agent Jorge] Mendes in Paris and he was representing Sporting, so we were very close. But Man United went to £12m, which we could not afford at the time.”

Cristiano Ronaldo overhead kick

Not the only time

Ronaldo wasn’t the only world class players that Arsenal went after either.

Apart from the well known Zlatan Ibrahimovic story, Arsene Wenger also went after Lionel Messi and Gerard Pique.

As expected, the move fell through because of agents in Pique’s case and Barcelona in Messi’s case.

“I met Cesc’s [Fabregas] parents and at the time we were interested in Messi and [Gerard] Pique as well.” he continued.

“We tried for the three but of course, it didn’t work out…because of the agents.

“With Messi, Barcelona didn’t want to lose him of course and they made [the offer] that was needed to keep the player at the club.”

Arsenal fans get excited about what Arsene Wenger said about Mikel Arteta

Who will replace Arsene Wenger at Arsenal? After 22 years at Arsenal, Arsene Wenger will clear out his office on

Who will replace Arsene Wenger at Arsenal?

After 22 years at Arsenal, Arsene Wenger will clear out his office on Thursday.

It truly marks the end of an era at Arsenal and there is a huge amount of speculation as to what the Gunners will do next.

Despite the likes of Massimiliano Allegri and Luis Enrique being linked with Arsenal, the current favourite is Mikel Arteta.

Mikel Arteta to hold talks with Arsenal today

As a former Arsenal captain, and after learning the trade under Pep Guardiola at Manchester City, Arteta looks well suited to replacing Arsene Wenger.

According to Sky Sports on Thursday, Mikel Arteta will hold talks with Arsenal having emerged as the leading candidate.

There is still plenty of time for all this to happen though, with Arsenal reportedly keen to have their new man in charge before the World Cup starts in June.

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND – NOVEMBER 29: Mikel Arteta, Manchester City coach looks on prior to the Premier League match between Manchester City and Southampton at Etihad Stadium on November 29, 2017 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

Arsenal fans get excited about Arteta

Initially, Arsenal fans struggled to get too excited about Mikel Arteta taking over from Arsene Wenger.

If there was to be a former captain replacing Wenger, many Gooners would prefer Patrick Vieira.

However, as the days have gone on, Arsenal fans certainly seem to be warming to Arteta, who is spoken highly of by Pep Guardiola.

Wenger backed Arteta in 2015!

On Thursday, an old article on the Arsenal website has started to go viral and looks somewhat prophetic right now.

It features Arsene Wenger talking about Arteta and his potential managerial career all the way back in 2015.

Wenger: “Just through his behaviour, his focus on getting everything right in the team, he has a huge influence. He has great experience and is respected throughout the squad.

“I really hope Mikel considers going into coaching. When you manage, you want to see your players continue and see them give their experience and knowledge back.

“You want them to give their expertise of the way we want to play football and the way we want to behave. It would be great if someone like Mikel went into management, so somewhere the spirit of our game can survive through the players who have played for us.

“But at the moment I must say Mikel is still here as a football player. The first thing in life, when you sign the contract you have to give absolutely everything to the job you have signed for and I think he does that very well.

“He has the quality to be a manager in the future I’m sure, but at the moment he gives his focus on the job as a player and gives absolutely everything.”

Related: Arsenal set to sign Sokratis Papastathopoulos for €20m from Borussia Dortmund.

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Rumour: Arsenal agree deal with new manager, talks ongoing over staff

Arsenal close in on Arsene Wenger successor When it comes to inside information on Arsenal, the BBC’s David Ornstein is

Arsenal close in on Arsene Wenger successor

When it comes to inside information on Arsenal, the BBC’s David Ornstein is the go-to-guy for the goings on at The Emirates.

There are other good accounts on Twitter for Arsenal information and one of those is @DarrenArsenal1 – a long time season ticket holder at the Gunners.

With 130k followers, @DarrenArsenal1 is generally considered a trusted source for Arsenal news and on Tuesday has dropped something of a bombshell:

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)

Arsene Wenger’s successor: Mikel Arteta!

All signs now point to Mikel Arteta as Arsene Wenger’s successor.

The Spaniard has huge links to the club having been Arsenal captain.

In addition, Arteta has completed a fine apprenticeship under Pep Guardiola at Manchester City this season.

Guardiola said after Manchester City’s win over Southampton on Sunday that he would not stand in the way of Arteta.

It seems likely that Arteta would bring a new dynamism to the club and crucially will fit into the structure put in place at the club over the past year to prepare for Arsene Wenger’s departure.

No Allegri or Enrique for Arsenal

Arteta will also be cheaper than other managers who have been linked, including Massimiliano Allegri and Luis Enrique.

Intriguingly, will Arsenal fans accept Mikel Arteta with open arms?

Already on social media there has been plenty of debate over whether Arteta is the right man to take over at Arsenal.

Related: Is Mikel Arteta the right man for the Arsenal job?

Pep Guardiola will not stand in Mikel Arteta’s way to take over at Arsenal.