As we all know, Arsenal confirmed that Unai Emery as their new head coach earlier today. The Spaniard has signed a two-year-deal with the north London outfit.
Emery only emerged as a candidate for the job on Monday, when reportedly Mikel Arteta decided he did not want the job due to transfer restraints. The Gunners have acted quickly to get their man though and he will be managing the team next season.
Can work on a budget
Media reports suggest that the new Arsenal boss will have just £50million to spend this summer, which by Premier League standards is chicken feed. However, the new boss will also be able to spend any money recouped from the sale of players this summer.
This situation is not a new one for Emery. Although he had vast amounts of money to spend in his last job at PSG, in his previous roles at the likes of Valencia and Sevilla, he had to unearth hidden talent and use his coaching skills to develop players.
At Sevilla, he had some help from renowned director of football Monchi, who is now at Roma. Emery will no doubt have a similar sort of relationship with Arsenal’s head of recruitment Sven Mislintat, who is famous for his talent-spotting skills.
Many big names bosses shy away from working at clubs with directors of football or similar set-ups, as it can restrict their power at a club, especially when it comes to transfers. Emery seems happy to work in such circumstances.
Still has a lot to prove
I have no doubts that Unai Emery is a very good coach, as he seems to be able to overachieve and develop players very well. However, at PSG major questions were asked of his tactical acumen, especially in big games, the famous defeat against Barcelona in the Champions league springs to mind.
With that in mind, Emery heads into English football with a lot to prove. That is good for Arsenal, as they are getting a boss that wants to prove himself.
Top-four finish the immediate aim
A top-four finish next season has to be Emery’s immediate aim for next season. However, the bookies are already writing the Gunners off, as Arsenal are 2/ 1 to clinch a top-four finish next season, outsiders behind the five teams that finish ahead of them this season.
No doubt Unai Emery has a big job on his hands turning things around at Arsenal. However, the pair could just turn out to be a good match.
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