Arsenal have confirmed the appointment of former Paris Saint-Germain coach Unai Emery as their new manager.
Emery, 46, has signed a two-year deal with an option for one additional year.
He guided PSG to the Ligue 1 and Coupe de la Ligue double this season, but exits in the Champions League round of 16 in the last two years convinced the club hierarchy that he was not the right candidate for the job moving forward.
The Spaniard also won four domestic cups with the French giants, having previously guided Sevilla to three successive Europa League triumphs.
Arsenal apparently opted against appointing former player Mikel Arteta as their next manager due to his lack of experience.
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Wenger’s 22-year reign at Arsenal came to an end earlier this month as the club finished sixth in the Premier League — their lowest finish in the table since before he was appointed — and exited the Europa League with a semifinal loss to eventual winners Atletico Madrid.
Arsenal broke the news just after 9am on Wednesday morning, pronouncing that they were entering: ‘A new dawn. A new era. A new chapter.’ The Spaniard will be formally unveiled at a press conference at 2pm on Wednesday afternoon.
‘I am thrilled to be joining one of the great clubs in the game. Arsenal is known and loved throughout the world for its style of play, its commitment to young players, the fantastic stadium, the way the club is run,’ Emery said.
‘I’m very excited to be given the responsibility to start this important new chapter in Arsenal’s history. I have met Stan and Josh Kroenke and it’s clear they have great ambitions for the club and are committed to bringing future success.
‘I’m excited about what we can do together and I look forward to giving everyone who loves Arsenal some special moments and memories.’
UNAI EMERY FACTFILE
Born: Hondarribia, Spain on November 3, 1971
Started at Real Sociedad, playing five La Liga games at left wing before making his name with Toledo in the second tier, where he would spent the bulk of his career.
2005-06: Lorca Deportiva
Promotion to second division for first time in club’s history
Promotion to top flight for first time in club’s history
Achieved three successive third-place La Liga finishes
2012: Spartak Moscow
Lost 11 games in a disappointing six months. Sacked after 5-1 home defeat to Dynamo Moscow.
Won three successive Europa League trophies
2016-18: Paris Saint-Germain
Won the domestic treble
P719 W385 D155 L179 Win:53.5 per cent
Europa League (x3): 2014, 2015, 2016
Ligue 1: 2017-18
French Cup (x2): 2017, 2018
French League Cup (x2): 2017, 2018
French Super Cup (x2): 2016, 2017