At last, decision makers at Arsenal FC has replaced their longest serving manager, Arsene Wenger with Unai Emery, the immediate past Paris Saint-Germain manager. Emery who is excited at the job said he is ‘thrilled to be joining one of the great clubs in the game’ after he was announced as the new Arsenal manager on a three-year deal worth £15million. The former Paris Saint-Germain boss pipped Mikel Arteta to the role after the ex-Arsenal midfielder had misgivings over the managerial structure at the Emirates.
Emery has now been tasked with filling the gigantic void left by Wenger, who was in charge of the north London club for 22 years. Arsenal broke the news just after 9am on this morning (Wednesday May 23, 2018), pronouncing that they were entering: ‘A new dawn. A new era. A new chapter.’ The Spaniard will be formally unveiled at a press conference at 2pm later today.
Emery said, “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, and 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.”
Arsenal’s majority owner Stan Kroenke 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.’ The Spaniard had jumped the gun on Tuesday night, when he seemingly confirmed his appointment with a message on his official website. An image of Emery on a red background next to the Arsenal badge was displayed on unai-emery.com – the website which is linked to his verified Twitter account. ‘Proud to be part of the Arsenal family,’ the message said against a backdrop of the Emirates Stadium.