The feeling of excitement is back at the Emirates for the first time in what feels like forever following the announcement of Unai Emery as Arsenal’s new manager. The former Sevilla and PSG boss has found great success elsewhere around Europe, and now, it’s time for him to try his hand in the Premier League. Still, while it’s nice to think about what’s to come in the next few months and possibly years, it’s equally as interesting to look back on what could’ve been from the 2017/18 campaign.
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Get ready, ladies and gentlemen, because the next few months are going to be very interesting. Following what felt like a complete U-turn, Arsenal Football Club has officially announced that Unai Emery will be taking over from Arsene Wenger as the club’s new manager. The former PSG boss sort of came out of nowhere to claim the job, which was seemingly destined to be taken by former Gunners midfielder Mikel Arteta.
As you probably know well by now, Arsenal are set to name Unai Emery as their new manager; Mikel Arteta has pulled out of the race. A graphic with a quote “proud to be part of the Arsenal family” had appeared on his own website but it has been removed since.
It will certainly be interesting to see how the Spaniard (well, Basque actually) deals with the challenges and copes with the pressure of the job after Arsene Wenger’s departure.
Emery failed to deliver European success at Paris Saint-Germain, but that should not eclipse the fact that he won the Europa League with Sevilla three times in a row.
It’s time to take yet another trip down memory lane, and while this one is certainly dramatic, it won’t bring back the fondest of memories for Arsenal fans. Seven years ago today, the Gunners drew 2-2 with Fulham in a game which ensured that they would be finishing in fourth position to conclude their Premier League campaign. While some may see that as a positive, especially considering how the last few years have gone for them, it was still a disappointing result as they were unable to jump into the top three which would’ve given them an automatic passage into the UEFA Champions League for the following season.
The dust is finally starting to settle on Arsenal’s 2017/18 season, and for the most part, it was quite notable. The club were unable to challenge for the Premier League title yet again, they failed to win either of the two domestic cup competitions, and their Europa League adventure came to an end when they were defeated over two legs by Atletico Madrid at the semi-final stage. Oh, and did we mention that Arsene Wenger left his post as Arsenal manager?
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.
As the story of Arteta vs Emery unfolds, there has been a breakthrough in the new deal negotiations between Arsenal and Jack Wilshere, according to Evening Standard.
The club have made a slightly improved offer to the player. Apparently, his wages would still be significantly performance incentivised, but the report claims Wilshere would have to complete reasonably fewer minutes and appearances in order to trigger maximum pay-out, believed to be £100k per week.
It’s time for yet another trip down memory lane, but unfortunately, this one isn’t quite as favourable. Twelve months ago today Arsenal finished off their strong end to the Premier League season with a convincing 3-1 victory over Everton, but unfortunately, the Gunners missed out on a spot in the top four as a result of Liverpool running out 3-0 winners over Middlesbrough.
Arsene Wenger’s side needed to ensure that they bettered Liverpool’s result in order to stand any chance of qualifying for Europe’s top club competition, but for the first time in what felt like forever, they failed.
As reported by Mirror, it seems as if Mikel Arteta and Jack Wilshere are destined to be at the Emirates with Arsenal next season. Mikel is far and away the favourite to take over as manager in the wake of Arsene Wenger’s departure, whereas Wilshere’s ongoing contract situation finally seems to be sorting itself out as he prepares to sign on the dotted line of a new three-year deal.
According to the Mirror and Spanish TV, Arsenal’s veteran midfielder Santi Cazorla is set to return to Spanish club Villarreal this summer after 18 months of injury hell in north London.
The reports claim that Cazorla is set to return to his former club and that the Yellow Submarine are in ‘advanced negotiations’ to sign the 33-year-old this summer. There is even a claim that he is ready to link up with Javi Calleja’s team in July for pre-season training.