Paris Saint Germain manager, Unai Emery, has been revealed as the new manager of Arsenal after 22 years of Arsene Wenger, who became the Gunners manager in 1996. This is big news and signals intent from Arsenal, after earlier considering Mikael Arteta who served as assistant manager to Pep Guardiola at Manchester City.
Unai Emery is Spanish, 46-years old, and comes off the back of a domestic treble in France with PSG, winning the Ligue 1 in his second season, after being runner-up to Monaco in his first season for the capital side.
Furthermore, whilst manager of Sevilla, he brought them three amazing consecutive UEFA Europa League titles, as well as leading his side to being Runner-Up in the Copa Del Rey, and the Super Cup, respectively.
Unai Emery’s other clubs have included Spartak Moscow, Valencia, Almeria and Lorca Deportiva CF since the year of 2004 onwards.
Unai Emery’s comprehension of English isn’t the best, but he will have a translator present until he masters the English language. He has said that he’s excited, proud and up to the challenge of leading Arsenal into a new generation. “I am thrilled to be joining one of the great clubs in the game.”
Unai Emery is only the second non-British manager to take charge of Arsenal after Arsene Wenger, and this is his seventh club that he will now manage. Unai Emery’s 73.7% win ratio for PSG is the best ever in Ligue 1, and has 10 major honours as manager, winning a major competition in each of his last five seasons. He won a full 7 out of 8 domestic competitions in France over his two-year spell with PSG.
However, he’s never won a game against Pep Guardiola and Jose Mourinho in his career, which will be the two managers (along with Mauricio Pochettino) that Arsenal will surely be competing against next season.
The first challenges for Unai Emery in taking over Arsenal will be rebuilding a fractured first team, without enough quality in all areas of the pitch, on a limited budget reported to be around £50 million, with extra funds having to come from the sale of existing players.
This in a nutshell, in the current inflated transfer market, sort of spells curtains for anything more than one big name player being able to come in and fill a void.
Rumours have suggested that Aaron Ramsey might be sold, and losing him would be detrimental to the team. Meanwhile, Jack Wilshere’s contract remains un-negotiated, so it will be really interesting to see how Unai Emery can build a team around Aubameyang, Mkhitaryan, Ozil and Ramsey. Mustafi, another player that might be sold, would leave another gap and result in lots of inexperience across the defence, and plenty is still left to be desired in their midfield, as well.
Arsenal are miles away from competing against Manchester City, Liverpool, Manchester United and Tottenham, but if they had the financial firepower, or can raise additional funds in the summer, then there would be hope for Arsenal ahead of next season. As the squad stands, there’s a lot to be done at the Emirates stadium, and the appointment of Unai Emery will not heal a squad that’s very much below par.
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