Unai Emery appointed Arsenal boss LIVE updates: Latest reaction from the Emirates
Emery has been confirmed as Arsene Wenger’s successor at the Emirates and will lead the club into a new era.
The former PSG boss will be presented at 2pm today but has already been speaking to the Arsenal website.
His appointment has been endorsed by Stan Kroenke and Ivan Gazidis.
Emery beat Mikel Arteta to the job and joins after two years at PSG, where he won the domestic treble in his final season, but was unable to get them beyond the last-16 of the Champions League.
Emery will have a tall order at Arsenal with the team needing overhauling after missing out on Champions League football two seasons in a row.
UNAI EMERY APPOINTED LIVE UPDATES
Unai Emery in numbers
3 – Europa League titles won at Sevilla
4 – Domestic cups won at PSG
1 – Ligue 1 titles won at PSG
74 – Win percentage in Ligue 1 with PSG
13 – Points clear of Monaco in Ligue 1 last season
6 – Clubs managed before Arsenal
2 – Clubs managed outside Spain
32 – Age retired from playing
46 – Age now
200 – Millions spent on Neymar while in charge of PSG
Unai Emery – five things you need to know
Football runs in the family
Emery followed his family blood line into the game – both his father and grandfather, named Juan and Antonio respectively, were goalkeepers. The former appeared for several clubs in the Spanish second tier, whilst the latter competed with Real Union in the top division and his uncle Roman played as a midfielder.
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Emery’s first managerial post was at former Spanish third-tier side Lorca Deportiva, with whom he made more than 30 appearances as a midfielder before succumbing to a knee injury aged 32 in the 2004-05 season and being offered the coaching job. He led them to promotion and from there he moved on to a four-year spell in charge of Valencia, taking Los Che to European qualification in each season before a short stint holding the reins at Spartak Moscow in 2012.
During his spell in charge of Sevilla, Emery received a nomination for the FIFA Best Coach Award in 2015 – after a fifth-placed finish in LaLiga – but eventually lost out to then Barcelona boss Luis Enrique. He collected gongs for European Coach of the Season in 2013-14 and multiple LaLiga Manager of the Month awards at Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan, while more recently he was awarded the the Trophees UNFP du football, top manager prize at Paris St Germain.
Benfica, Dnipro and Liverpool were the teams beaten by Sevilla in Europa League finals between 2014 and 2016. The Portuguese giants were defeated 4-2 on penalties after a goalless draw in 2014, before Ukraine’s Dnipro were downed 3-2 the following year. The hat-trick was completed with a 3-1 come-from-behind win over Liverpool in Basel two years ago.
Emery is not the only sporting son from the Basque town of Hondarribia – golfer Jose Maria Olazabal, Masters winner in 1994 and 1999, also hails from there.
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Silent Stan speaks…
Stan Kroenke has given the appointment his seal of approval.
He said: “We’re delighted to welcome Unai to Arsenal. He’s a proven winner. We’re confident that he is the right person for the job and that he will work to deliver the triumphs our fans, staff and everyone who cares about Arsenal want.
“Several things stood out during his interview and the entire process; his football knowledge, energy, determination and love of the game. His familiarity with our club and our players, the Premier League and the game in Europe were all very impressive.
“He shares our vision to move forward, to build on the platform created by Arsène Wenger and help this club enjoy greater success.”
Ivan Gazidis on Unai Emery
Ivan Gazidis insists he is the right man for the role.
He said: “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.”
Unai Emery has been appointed Arsenal manager to replace Arsene Wenger.
“I am thrilled to be joining one of the great clubs in the game,” he said.
“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.”