BREAKING: Arsenal to appoint Unai Emery as new manager. Thorough process produced 46yo Spaniard as unanimous choice. Available after leaving #PSG (1 Lg1 title, 4 cups), previously Sevilla (3 EL wins), not fluent English. Announcement + press conference likely later this week #AFC
— David Ornstein (@bbcsport_david) May 21, 2018
Emery’s most notable body of work was winning three successive Europa League titles as Sevilla coach between 2014 and 2016. He is infamously remembered for the 6-1 defeat at Barcelona last season in the Champions League last 16 that saw PSG squander a 4-1 lead from the first leg.
Arsenal apparently opted against appointing former player Mikel Arteta as their next manager due to his lack of experience. According to Spanish newspaper Marca, Arsenal majority shareholder Stan Kroenke and chief executive Ivan Gazidis decided that appointing former Gunners midfielder Arteta would be a risk because he lacks managerial experience at the top level.
It is also claimed Arteta was closing to becoming the club’s new manager, but the 36-year-old Spaniard now seems likely to continue in his assistant manager’s role alongside Pep Guardiola at Manchester City. Former PSG coach Unai Emery had been strongly linked with the job, and Marca claimed he was in London to discuss the role with Arsenal on Monday.