Arsenal set to appoint Unai Emery as manager

Arsenal are poised to appoint Unai Emery as their new manager later this week. The 46-year old Spaniard is available after leaving Paris Saint-Germain where he won one Ligue 1 title and four domestic cups in two seasons in charge.

The Gunners had looked to ex-player and current Manchester City assistant Mikel Arteta as a potential candidate, but opted for the experience that Emery can bring.

He has previously guided Sevilla to European success as he won three consecutive Europa League’s with the club, and this was sure to impress the Arsenal bosses as a European trophy is lacking from the cabinet.

The recruitment process was led by Arsenal chief executive Ivan Gazidis, head of football relations Raul Sanllehi and head of recruitment Sven Mislintat. It also involved a number of senior players to ensure the new manager has the support of the current team.

Emery has worked well with a small transfer budget when with Sevilla and a large budget as he had with PSG. He conducted the deal that brought Neymar to the club for a world record €222m last summer.

Arsenal initially turned to Massimiliano Allegri but the Italian said that he is committed to Juventus for another season. Luis Enrique and Joachim Löw were also on the shortlist but the former Barcelona coach’s wage demands were too high and Löw extended his contract with Germany. Patrick Vieira, another former Arsenal captain, and Julian Nagelsmann, the Hoffenheim coach, were also considered.

An anouncement and news conference can be expected later in the week.

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