The curtain has come down on Arsenal’s 2017/18 campaign, and with it, the curtain has also come down on Arsene Wenger’s tenure as manager. By this point, we all know that Unai Emery is the man who will succeed the Frenchman as he attempts to guide Arsenal back to the top of the Premier League. However, for a while, it seemed as if former Gunners midfielder Mikel Arteta was destined to make the position his first official role in management.
After numerous reports of former captain Mikel Arteta being the frontrunner for the vacant manager job at Arsenal, the plot has twisted again and now it’s Unai Emery who seems destined to replace Arsene Wenger in the Emirates dugout.
But regardless of what the name of the new manager will be, there will be challenges for him to face, difficulties to overcome. The job is set to be anything but easy as the new hierarchy at the club is being established with the manager having significantly less say in decision-making than had been the case with Wenger in charge.
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.
According to the London Standard, Arsenal will hold talks later today with former PSG boss Unai Emery about becoming the clubs new boss. Former Arsenal captain and Manchester City coach Mikel Arteta was reported to be close to the job. However, it now seems the north London club want to speak to Emery before any appointment.
Emery an interesting choice
Unai Emery would certainly be an interesting choice of replacement for veteran boss Arsene Wenger, who is leaving the role after 22 years with the club this summer.
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.
According to the Metro, Arsenal are set to compete with a host of rival Premier League clubs to sign Bayer Leverkusen starlet Leon Bailey this summer. The 20-year-old is also reported to be of interest to Chelsea and Manchester United.
However, the Premier League trio are not the only ones interested in the highly-rated winger. Reports from German suggest that Bayer has already turned down a £52million off from Bundesliga rivals Bayern Munich, telling the Bavarian giants that they want £88million for the Jamaican-born star.
Spanish football expert journalist Guillem Balague spoke on his YouTube channel about the latest developments concerning Mikel Arteta in the light of Arsenal’s managerial pursuit.
First of all, he claims he has learned that some of the names spoken in public as potential candidates for the job had been given out to turn the attention away from the real target, while some did not get the approval of everybody included in the manager recruitment process.
Mikel Arteta is considered to be the frontrunner to become the new Arsenal manager, and isn’t that sentence just a little bit strange? Seriously, doesn’t it just feel a bit odd? After all, the guy is still in his mid-30s, and he was playing for the Gunners as recently as 2016. Plus, his only real form of managerial experience comes as an assistant gaffer to Pep Guardiola at Manchester City – which is a role he’s been in for less than two years.