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.
Emery has built a pretty impressive reputation for himself in European football during spells at Valencia, Sevilla and PSG. Emery won the Europa League in three straight seasons, before winning Ligue One with PSG this season.
However, the team’s failure once again to impress in the Champions League has led to Thomas Tuchel replacing the Spaniard in Paris. Despite his perceived failure in the French capital, Emery is still regarded as a highly promising young coach. The fact PSG appointed him in the first place shows his standing in the game.
His tactical nous has been questioned in the Champions League at times, though, so that might be a concern. He does know how to win football games and the Europa League especially, a competition that the Gunners will be playing in next season once again.
Arteta still the favourite for the job
Despite the reported talks with Emery, Mikel Arteta remains the favourite to be the next Arsenal boss at odds of 4/7. However, Emery’s odds have shortened in recent days. The Spaniard does seem like a more experienced alternative to the rookie Arteta.
Arsenal fans seem to be divided on the appointment of Arteta as their new boss. Some seem to believe he would be a good appointment, while others point to the fact that he has yet to manage any team as the reason why he should not be the Gunners next boss.
The fact that there is still speculation over Emery getting the job suggests that Arteta’s appointment is not as far down the road as some reports state.
With a reported transfer budget of just £50million this summer, whoever gets the job will need to pull a few rabbits out the hat along with the head of recruitment to improve their squad for next season.
Arteta is highly rated in the game, which is why Pep Guardiola was so keen to have him on his coaching staff. If he does get the job, hopefully, some of Guardiola’s managerial magic has rubbed off on him.
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