Arsenal confirmed the arrival of Unai Emery to take over from Arsene Wenger. In a move which stunned many, the Gunners announced that Emery will be Arsenal’s Head Coach for the 2018-19 season, signing him on a two year deal. Mikel Arteta had been strongly tipped to take over from his former Arsenal boss who steps down after 22 years in charge at N5. Emery began managerial career with Lorca Deportiva, going on to win trophies with Sevilla and Paris Saint-Germain. Former Gunner greats Thierry Henry and Patrick Vieira were also in the frame, however having impressed the board with his meticulous preparation and knowledge of players he will now work with, Arsenal went for the established credentials of Emery who will be tasked with guiding the Gunners back to Champions League football and also to challenge for the Premier League title.

During his two year spell at Paris Saint-Germain, Emery landed the treble of Ligue 1, Coupe de France and the Coupe de la Ligue. At Sevilla, Emery spent three seasons with Sevilla, leading the LA Liga side to an unprecedented three consecutive Europa League titles, whilst also establishing the club as a major force in the Spain.

He will take his time to get to know his new surrounding and get a grip on a new language. Emery can speak English, but relies on a translator when English accented questions come thick and fast.

Announcing the appointment, Chief Rxecutive Ivan Gazidis said: “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. 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 said, “I am thrilled to be joining one of the great clubs in the game. 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. I have met Stan and Josh Kroenke and it’s clear they have great ambitions for the club and are committed to bringing future success. I’m excited about what we can do together and I look forward to giving everyone who loves Arsenal some special moments and memories.”

Happy with securing the services of one of Europe’s brightest coaches,
majority owner Stan Kroenke said: “We’re delighted to welcome Unai to Arsenal. He’s a proven winner. We’re confident that he is the right person for the job and that he will work to deliver the triumphs our fans, staff and everyone who cares about Arsenal want.”

Meticulous in his preparation, Emery will be happy to work with a director of football, as he did so successfully with Monchi at Sevilla. Arsenal’s structure means that he’ll work alongside head of football relations Raul Sanllehi and head of recruitment Sven Mislintat.

The post Wenger era has begun and the Gunners will now hope to be firing on all cylinders very soon.