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Arsenal chiefs reveal reason behind opting for Unai Emery instead of Mikel Arteta

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Arsenal chief executive Ivan Gazidis and majority owner Stan Kroenke have revealed why the Gunners were so keen to hire Unai Emery.

Arteta was expected to be named the new Arsenal boss, but Gunners chiefs switched their attention to Emery

Revealing why Arsenal were so keen on hiring the Spaniard, Gazidis said: “Unai has an outstanding track record of success throughout his career, has developed some of the best young talent in Europe and plays an exciting, progressive style of football that fits Arsenal perfectly.

“His hard-working and passionate approach and his sense of values on and off the pitch make him the ideal person to take us forward.

“We conducted a confidential, wide-ranging and rigorous search involving extensive background references, data and video analysis, and personal meetings with all the candidates we shortlisted.

“All were interested in the position and we were unanimous in our choice of Unai to drive the next chapter of our history.”

Kroenke added: “We’re delighted to welcome Unai to Arsenal. He’s a proven winner.

“We’re confident that he is the right person for the job and that he will work to deliver the triumphs our fans, staff and everyone who cares about Arsenal want.

“Several things stood out during his interview and the entire process; his football knowledge, energy, determination and love of the game. His familiarity with our club and our players, the Premier League and the game in Europe were all very impressive.

“He shares our vision to move forward, to build on the platform created by Arsene Wenger and help this club enjoy greater success.”

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