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?
That last little tidbit is actually quite important, given what we’re going to be talking about today. You see, ever since it was announced that the Frenchman was going to be stepping down, fans and media members alike have been wondering who was going to succeed him. There was always going to be a long list of potential names being thrown out there, but in recent days, it seemed as if Mikel Arteta was starting to emerge as a legitimate favourite despite having never managed a professional club before.
But now, out of nowhere (Randy Orton pun fully intended), it seems as if Unai Emery is going to take charge at the Emirates. For those of you who don’t know this guy, he’s been in management since 2004 and the 46-year-old has been in charge of Lorca Deportiva, Almeria, Valencia, Spartak Moscow, Sevilla, and most recently Paris Saint-Germain.
His last job, which ended a matter of weeks ago, was extremely successful as he was able to guide PSG to even more success on a domestic scale.
This whole story is incredibly interesting and it’s exciting to consider where it could go next, but beyond that, we have to question whether or not this was the plan all along. We aren’t going to suggest that Arsenal leaked potential names to the press because that’d be ridiculous, but it does seem odd to think that nobody was expecting someone of Unai’s stature to take the plunge and go for the Arsenal job.
Perhaps the plan all along was to dangle the carrot of a risky appointment like Arteta, only to go on a U-turn and pick Emery. Either way, it seems like a much more promising move than we were expecting from Arsenal, so perhaps this could be the start of a new, edgy and unpredictable era for the club.
Is Unai Emery a good option?