Unai Emery discusses his plans for Arsenal in first press conference

Positive start New Arsenal boss Unai Emery has discussed his plans for the club ahead of next season as well

Positive start

New Arsenal boss Unai Emery has discussed his plans for the club ahead of next season as well as his ambitions with the Emirates side.

The Spanish boss was confirmed as the new Gunners boss on Wednesday morning having left Paris Saint-Germain last week.

While the manager had won the domestic treble, his performances in the Champions League ultimately cost him his job.

The side went out to eventual finalists Real Madrid but with PSG looking for a period of European dominance, it was not enough.

Unai Emery

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Ambitious

Now, Emery has moved onto the Premier League and has some very big plans for Arsenal.

That is because he has claimed that the club must work towards being the best team in the Premier League and even in world football.

“I believe in the players we have here,” Unai explained in a press conference on Wednesday.

We can grow with these players and the objective is to work hard with these talented players, to work to be a candidate for all the titles in the future.

Then it’s very important for the club, after two years outside the Champions League, to work towards this, to arrive and be the best team in the Premier League and also the world.”

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A line for Wenger

Emery also made sure to thank his predecessor Arsene Wenger for his work with the club.

“For all coaches in the world, you are a reference. I learned with him all the things in football,” he explained.

“My English is not the very best now and I want to make an effort to speak with you to explain my ambition.

“I am very excited for this opportunity at a big club, a great city and stadium.”

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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.

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Sarri to Chelsea? Carlo Ancelotti ‘could take over at Napoli tonight’

According to reports in the Italian media tonight, Carlo Ancelotti is set to replace rumoured Chelsea target Maurizio Sarri at

According to reports in the Italian media tonight, Carlo Ancelotti is set to replace rumoured Chelsea target Maurizio Sarri at Napoli imminently.

Second best

Napoli played out their final fixture of the season on Sunday, with the Partenopei having picked up a 2-1 win over Crotone to finish the campaign with a hugely-impressive Serie A points tally of 91.

However, unfortunately for the Neapolitans, this tally did not quite get the job done in the Italian top-flight, as perennial champions Juventus racked up an incredible 95 points to clinch their 7th-straight Scudetto crown.

Overhaul?

In the wake of falling short once again in the Serie A title race, rumours have been rife in the media that major changes could be in store for Napoli this summer.

The likes of Jorginho, Marek Hamsik and Dries Mertens have all been linked with exits from the San Paolo, while mounting question marks have surrounded the future of manager Maurizio Sarri.

NAPLES, ITALY – APRIL 08: Coach of SSC Napoli Maurizio Sarri gestures during the serie A match between SSC Napoli and AC Chievo Verona at Stadio San Paolo on April 8, 2018 in Naples, Italy. (Photo by Francesco Pecoraro/Getty Images)

‘Too late’

The two clubs most heavily touted as potential destinations for Sarri have been Premier League giants Chelsea and Arsenal (the latter now look set to appoint Unai Emery), though the likes of Monaco and Zenit St. Petersburg have also been linked with the chain-smoking Italian.

Whatever the case may be, the possibility of Sarri remaining at Napoli dropped considerably on Sunday evening, when Partenopei president Aurelio De Laurentiis answered questions on the future of his side’s manager during an interview with Radio Kiss Kiss:

‘Maurizio Sarri’s future? You will have to ask him. He never wanted to give me an answer and his agent always said maybe. For me it is now too late since we have to move on with our plan. We have to move on and think about the future.’

Done deal?

And, as per a huge update courtesy of Neapolitan outlet CalcioNapoli24 this evening, it looks as though Sarri’s time at the San Paolo could even be set to come to an end over the next 24 hours, amid claims that Carlo Ancelotti is on the verge of putting pen to paper on a deal with the Serie A runners-up.

In fact, so sure are CalcioNapoli of Ancelotti’s imminent appointment at the San Paolo, that they have gone as far as to claim that both the former Bayern Munich boss and Aurelio De Laurentiis requested that their lawyers meet tonight to draw up contracts that could in turn be signed off on over the coming hours.

If Ancelotti does, as expected, commit to a deal with Napoli, then Maurizio Sarri would in turn be free to replace Antonio Conte at Chelsea.

However, some reports have stated that Sarri could even take a year off from management.

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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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New England captain Kane says “We can win the World Cup”

Captain Kane Tottenham striker Harry Kane was named as England’s captain for the upcoming World Cup on Tuesday morning. Gareth

Captain Kane

Tottenham striker Harry Kane was named as England’s captain for the upcoming World Cup on Tuesday morning.

Gareth Southgate chose Kane, who is not Tottenham’s captain, ahead of Jordan Henderson and Gary Cahill who do in fact captain their club sides.

Kane is yet to win a trophy in his professional career thus far and has just a league cup runners up medal to his name.

“I believe we can win it”

After being named England captain, Kane spoke to the BBC about the upcoming summer.

Kane said:

“It’s impossible not to dream about lifting the World Cup. It’s the biggest competition in the world,”

“I believe we can win it – anyone can. I cannot sit here and say we are not going to win it because we could do.

“It is my mindset and I want to win at everything I do. The players in the team want to as well. It is worth fighting for. I am sure we have all had dreams of lifting it and it is an opportunity for us.

“We are not favourites but you look at this season, no-one would have thought Liverpool getting to the Champions League final. You look at Manchester United back in the Sir Alex Ferguson days, they had a young team and dominated the Premier League for years to come.

“Being young is not an excuse – it could be a good thing. I believe we can and that is what we want to try and do. Anything else is not good enough.”

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Highly-respected BBC journalist David Ornstein has this evening confirmed that Unai Emery is set to become the new manager of

Highly-respected BBC journalist David Ornstein has this evening confirmed that Unai Emery is set to become the new manager of 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 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 huge update from the ever-reliable David Ornstein this evening, Marca’s sources have been proven correct, amid news that Emery is all set to take his place on the bench in North London next season:

Official: Argentina announce finalised World Cup squad – One glaring omission

The Argentine Football Association have this evening announced the country’s final 23-man squad set to travel to this summer’s World

The Argentine Football Association have this evening announced the country’s final 23-man squad set to travel to this summer’s World Cup.

Russian showpiece

With the final fixtures from all of European football’s top leagues having been played out over the last couple of weekends, the attention of football fans the world over have now switched to international matters, with the World Cup set to begin in Russia in less than a month’s time.

As such, the management teams of all 32 countries set to travel to Russia have begun whittling down the number of players whom they will depend on for international football’s biggest showpiece.

Missing out

The likes of England, Brazil, Germay and France named their finalised 23-man squad lists for next month over the last couple of days, with Spain and Belgium having followed suit this morning.

And the last of the countries viewed as genuine contenders to take the Jules Rimet trophy home in July have this evening announced the panel of stars whom they will depend on in Russia.

Jorge Sampaoli’s Argentina squad, which is set to depend heavily on the firepower brought to the table by the Albiceleste’s rake of attacking talents, is showcased below, with the one glaring omission coming in the form of prolific Inter Milan hitman Mauro Icardi:

Odds

Brazil are currently viewed as the favourites to emerge victorious in Russia by many outlets, ahead of Germany, Spain, France and Argentina.

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Spain’s World Cup squad announced as three Chelsea stars miss out

Spain’s World Cup squad announced as three Chelsea stars miss out

Can Spain win the World Cup? Julen Lopetegui has named his 23 man squad that he will be taking to

Can Spain win the World Cup?

Julen Lopetegui has named his 23 man squad that he will be taking to Russia this summer with some surprise inclusions being named on the list.

Spain won the 2010 World Cup in dramatic fashion as Andres Iniesta scored a 116th minute winner against the Netherlands at Soccer City Stadium in Johannesburg.

The Spanish national side then went on to win EURO 2012 two years later but have been below par ever since then.

Spain were knocked out in the group stage of the 2014 World Cup in Brazil and were beaten by Italy in the round of 16 at Euro 2016.

The Spain squad is filled to the brim with fantastic players but two Chelsea players will be upset that they have been left out.

The Spain squad

No Morata or Fabregas in Spain’s World Cup squad

Alvaro Morata and Cesc Fabregas both missed out on the Spain squad for this summer’s tournament despite playing key roles for both their club and country in the past.

Morata scored 3 goals at Euro 2016 and despite not winning over the Chelsea fans, he does have a pretty decent record in England as he has netted 15 goals in 47 matches.

Cesc Fabregas was the man who assisted Iniesta for “that” goal in the 2010 World Cup final but he has been left out of the squad.

Spain have some brilliant midfield players and Fabregas hasn’t played for the national side since June 2016.

Fabregas has represented his country on 110 occasions and was part of the most successful Spanish (and potentially European) side of all time from 2008-2012.

Unlucky Marcos Alonso

Marcos Alonso may be feel hard done by considering he was named in the PFA team of the year and won the Premier League title just last season.

As well as the FA Cup this past weekend. Alonso may have been a victim of the fact Spain’s midfield is so strong that they will not utilise wing backs in Russia.

Despite Arsenal’s relatively poor season, Nacho Monreal made the squad. He was fantastic for the Gunners throughout the campaign and even scored 6 goals.

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Andres Iniesta bids farewell to Barcelona (pictures and videos)

Andres Iniesta bids final farewell to Barcelona (photos, videos and reaction)

Andres Iniesta has officially taken to the pitch for the final time as a Barcelona player, following the Blaugrana’s 1-0

Andres Iniesta has officially taken to the pitch for the final time as a Barcelona player, following the Blaugrana’s 1-0 victory over Real Sociedad.

Matchup

The two sides went head to head at the Camp Nou, with hosts Barca having long wrapped up a La Liga and Copa Del Rey double.

Sociedad, meanwhile, had nothing to play for themselves, having sat in a lowly 11th-place in the Spanish top-flight ahead of kick-off tonight.

Teams

Legendary career

Following the 90 minutes in Catalunya, Barcelona ran out 1-0 winners, courtesy of a stunning long-range strike from Philippe Coutinho.

However, tonight was about so much more than the result for the Blaugrana, as Andres Iniesta brought to an end his illustrious, trophy-laden playing days with the club.

Iniesta, regarded by many to be one of the greatest midfielders of all-time, has spent his entire career to date donning the colours of Barca, having first broken into the club’s first-team as a youngster in 2002.

He has since gone on to rack up 32 trophies over the course of his time at the Camp Nou, including an incredible 9 La Liga titles and 4 Champions Leagues.

Emotional farewell

As such, the moment when number 8 flashed across the fourth official’s board in the 82nd-minute of this evening’s clash, signalling the end of Iniesta’s Barcelona career, football fans the world over shed a collective tear:

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Adolf Hutter set to take over at Eintracht Frankfurt after German Cup win

German cup winners Eintracht Frankfurt won the German cup in spectacular fashion on Saturday night after beating Bayern Munich 3-1

German cup winners

Eintracht Frankfurt won the German cup in spectacular fashion on Saturday night after beating Bayern Munich 3-1 at the Olympic Stadium.

Niko Kovac led his Frankfurt side to victory over the club who he will be managing next season in the Bundesliga.

Eintracht took the lead after 11 minutes through Ante Rebic before Robert Lewandowski equalised shortly after the break.

Rebic scored his second of the game after 82 minutes before Mijat Gaćinović won the match in added time.

The fans and players went absolutely crazy as Frankfurt won their first trophy in 30 years.

Niko to be replaced by Adolf

Yes, it’s an unfortunate team and no, you did not read it wrong.

Niko Kovac is set to be replaced by Young Boys manager Adolf Hutter, who, for obvious reasons, prefers to be called by his nickname ‘Adi’. (FourFourTwo)

Hutter had an unflattering career as a player which he largely spent with Red Bull Salzburg.

The Austrian became a manager in 2008 and led Red Bull Salzburg to a domestic double in 2014/15.

Hutter left the club at the end of the season and went on to manage Swiss side, Young Boys with whom he has won the Swiss title this year.

The 48 year old is unlikely to repeat Kovac’s success from this season and his first aim will be to help Eintracht improve on their eighth place finish from this season.

Will Kovac succeed at Bayern?

Bayern Munich were humbled by their future manager this evening which only proves that he is the right man for the job.

Kovac led Frankfurt from relegation contenders to a top 8 finish whilst winning their first trophy in over three decades.

Kovac is clearly a winner who could potentially lead Bayern to Champions League glory.

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