David Ornstein confirmed via his Twitter account on Monday that Arsenal FC have a new manager. Unai Emery, recently sacked as Paris Saint-Germain boss, will take over duties in north London from long-serving Arsène Wenger.
David Ornstein: Unai Emery is Next Arsenal Boss
Mikel Arteta will not get his first taste of management at the Emirates, despite strong links. Instead, it would appear the former Arsenal captain will stay at Manchester City and learn from Pep Guardiola.
Other former players, such as Thierry Henry and Patrick Vieira, also miss out on the opportunity. However, much of the fanbase should be pleased with the news from David Ornstein.
Unai Emery spent two years at the Parc des Princes, winning trophies left, right and center. He took back Ligue 1 from usurpers Monaco this season and helped the Parisians to four other domestic trophies during his tenure. But, much to the chagrin of PSG leadership, he could not find his way past the Champions League round of 16 at either time of asking.
Prior to taking the reigns, Emery won three Europa Leagues and one Copa del Rey with Sevilla. He has the chance to become the most successful manager in the competition’s history as Arsenal enter at the group stage next season.
However, there will be at least one possible stumbling block for the new Arsenal manager. Unai Emery does not speak English. There is a reasonable expectation that this fact would necessitate the new manager keep at least a few of the old firm of coaches around, to serve as intermediaries of sorts between the new coaching staff and the players, most of whom do speak English.
Emery is a good blend of youth, just 46, and experience. At first glance, the three-headed Hydra of Gazidis, Mislintat and Sanllehi got this one right.
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