Following a month of looking for potential suitors, the search to replace Arsene Wenger is finally over as Unai Emery has been unveiled earlier this morning.
Coming off the back of winning a commendable seven trophies with PSG (including an exceptional domestic treble), he has a rather plausible trophy run, which includes three successive Europa League titles with Sevilla.
During his time with La Liga outfit Valencia, he rejuvenated them, led them to three successive top three finishes on the bounce. He also has a short spell with Russian side Spartak Moscow (appointed in May 2012), but was sacked in November of that year following a run of poor results.
Arsenal fans will be pleased to hear of the experience and success of the manager following reports of Mikel Arteta being linked with the post.
The Spanish manager is completely consumed by football, and will be relishing to take on the likes of title holder Pep Guardiola, Champions League finalist Jurgen Klopp, FA Cup runner-up Jose Mourinho, and Mauricio Pochettino.
Following taking up the job, here’s what the serial trophy winner told Arsenal.com:
“I am thrilled to be joining one of the great clubs in the game.
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”.
Arsene Wenger revealed back in April he would be leaving the club at the conclusion of the 2017/18 campaign following 22 years of taking charge.
Since then, there have been plenty of names thrown into the mix, with the likes of Luis Enrique, Patrick Vieira, and Max Allegri all being linked with succeeding Wenger.
Former captain (now assistant manager at Manchester City) Mikel Arteta even emerged as a favourite earlier this month, but with an appointment almost certain, Emery threw his hat into the ring, and signed the dotted line following his exit from the Ligue 1 champions.
Emery will be raring to produce a team that is able to compete for honours on both domestic, and the European stage.
Arsenal have been placed at 20/1 to win a first Premier League title in 15 years.