Arsenal unveil Unai Emery as new manager

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Arsenal have appointed former Paris St Germain coach Unai Emery as their new manager, the Spaniard succeeding the long-serving Arsene Wenger, the Premier League club announced on Wednesday.

The 46-year-old has been hired to fill the sizeable void left by the departure of Frenchman Arsene Wenger who had been at the Arsenal helm since 1996.

An extensive and meticulous recruitment process saw the likes of Luis Enrique, Massimiliano Allegri and Mikel Arteta all linked as Wenger's successor; however, after much consideration by the Arsenal chiefs, they elected to appoint Emery as the new Gunners boss. While he had a successful stint at Sevilla in Europe by winning three Europa League titles, many, including myself, attribute the success to the structure established by former director Monchi, now at Roma.

Now he is tasked with raising standards at the Emirates Stadium and restoring Arsenal to the kind of glory they enjoyed in the early years of Wenger's reign.

Building with the players he has will be the order of the day for Emery if he is restricted to a £50million transfer budget, although Gazidis questioned reports along the lines that his new man will not be backed extensively in the transfer market.

When Manchester United boss Mourinho, then in charge of Real Madrid, devoted a press conference to criticising referee Carlos Clos Gomez in 2010, Emery gave an acerbic retort, snarling: "Mourinho's stance is that of a cry baby". "And it's this combination of detail, hard work, passion and a love for football and will to win that made us feel that this fit was exactly right for Arsenal".

Emery had a modest playing career, largely spent in Spain's lower leagues, but he was an instant hit in his managerial debut with third-tier Lorca.

"We need to arrive and be with the best clubs in the Premier League and the best clubs in the world".

Arsene Wenger left Arsenal after 22 years in charge
GETTY Arsene Wenger left Arsenal after 22 years in charge

Valencia's vibrant style earned him the admiration and friendship of Pep Guardiola. Five major trophies in three years at PSG. "I know they are already and I want them to be even more so".

"He's obsessed with football, it's practically an illness".

Emery is a perfectionist who demands relentless effort on the training ground.

Emery's interview on May 10 won the unanimous approval of a three-man appointment panel featuring Gazidis, head of recruitment Sven Mislintat and head of football relations Raul Sanllehi.

In 2017, a woeful 6-1 loss in Barcelona saw PSG surrender a 4-0 first leg lead in an incredible last-16 meltdown.

Emery, however, will not have the financial resources he enjoyed at PSG who past year shattered the world transfer record to sign Neymar from Barcelona for 222 million euros ($260.25 million).

The Arsenal teams that finished in the Premier League's top two places for eight consecutive seasons at the turn of the millennium was packed with leaders, including players like Patrick Vieira and Tony Adams.

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