Arsenal have officially confirmed the appointment of Unai Emery as their new head coach, replacing the club icon Arsene Wenger.
Emery spent three seasons at La Liga side Sevilla, leading them to three consecutive Europa League titles before joining French giants PSG, where he spent two years.
He began his coaching career in his native Spain in La Liga with Almeria before a four year stint as manager of Valencia.
In that time he guided Los Ches to three successive Champions League campaigns despite having virtually no money as the club faced financial meltdown and never gaining the acceptance of supporters.
An ill-fated year in Russia with Spartak Moscow followed before returning to his native land and to Andalusia where he began a successful stint with Sevilla.
He is known for his meticulous preparation and professionalism. Arsenal’s Chief executive Ivan Gazidis commented on the appointment, stating:
“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.
“We conducted a confidential, wide-ranging and rigorous search involving extensive background references, data and video analysis, and personal meetings with all the candidates we shortlisted. All were interested in the position and we were unanimous in our choice of Unai to drive the next chapter of our history.”
“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.”
— Arsenal (@Arsenal) May 23, 2018