According to Sky Sports, Arsenal are set to name former Sevilla boss Unai Emery as Arsene Wenger’s replacement. In my article yesterday, I wrote that Emery had emerged as an alternative to Mikel Arteta and it seems the Spaniard will now become the Gunners next boss.
Emery was reportedly in London on Monday for talks with club officials for talks over the job. It seems the 46-year-old impressed them with whatever he had to say.
Arteta wanted more control
According to reports, former Arsenal captain Mikel Arteta withdrew from the race on Monday, as the Spaniard wanted more control over incoming transfers, as the club reportedly are only prepared to give the next head coach a budget of around £50million.
Arteta is also reported to have wanted assurances that he would have a big say on which players would leave in order to top up the transfer kitty this summer. It seems he did not receive those assurances from the clubs hierarchy.
Emery is a highly rated and experienced coach
At 46-years-old, Emery has far more managerial and coaching experience than Arteta. Not only has he done decent jobs at Valencia and Sevilla, he has won the Europa League twice with the latter, while also winning numerous trophies at PSG.
The reason for his PSG exit was that he failed to win the Champions League, which is the French club owners holy grail. In truth, though, winning Europe’s elite competition was never going to be easy, no matter how much money the French club spent.
Should be a good appointment
Emery is a vastly experienced boss, who has the potential to do a very good job at Arsenal. He is still young for a boss of his experience and has a history of building exciting teams that play good football.
The Spaniard has long been linked with a move to the Premier League. In fact, he was linked with moves to both West Ham and Everton prior to his talks with Arsenal, who would obviously be a bigger draw than the aforementioned pair.
In truth, Emery looks to be a good appointment. He is a good coach who is accustomed to working with a Director of Football/Head of recruitment. Being part of that sort of set-up is unlikely to faze him.
For me, he could turn out to be a very shrewd appointment for the Gunners. Only time will tell if he is, but he has a big reputation and a good pedigree.
Would Unai Emery be a good appointment for Arsenal?