- Former Paris Saint Germain boss, Unai Emery, is set to be unveiled as the new Arsenal boss
- Arsenal was close to appointing ex-midfielder Mikel Arteta
- But Emery looks to be the man for the job after wowing the Arsenal hierarchy in his interview
Former Paris Saint Germain boss, Unai Emery, is set to be unveiled as the new Arsenal boss — after wowing Emirates chiefs in a secret meeting two weeks ago.
Arsenal was close to appointing ex-midfielder Mikel Arteta as Arsene Wenger’s successor after receiving blessing from Wenger himself.
But Arsenal chief executive Ivan Gazidis seems to have suffered cold feet over Arteta after hearing whispers that some of the club’s current players questioned whether he was up to the job.
Former PSG and Sevilla boss Emery blew away Arsenal’s recruitment team — led by Gazidis, along with head of football relations Raul Sanllehi and head of recruitment Sven Mislintat — during a stunning presentation a fortnight ago.
The 46-year-old, staggered them with a forensic analysis of every player in Wenger’s current squad and provided detailed stats and information on explained in clear terms how he would improve them.
He also made it clear he planned to build his vision of Arsenal around two key players he regards as central to his plans for the club — star striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and midfield powerhouse Aaron Ramsey.
The former Sevilla boss depth of knowledge of every Gunners star left Gazidis and his team gobsmacked — and overshadowed every other presentation, including Arteta’s.
A source close to the Arsenal described Emery’s attention to detail as Pep Guardiola-like and the calm passion he displayed immediately won over Arsenal’s high-powered team and convinced them he was the real deal.
The source said: “He knew more about the Arsenal squad and every relevant detail about their career path and injury histories than people who had been at the club for years.
“They’d no idea where he had gathered his information but they were mesmerised by the vision he put before them.”
Arsenal head of recruitment, Gazidis, kept the shock news under wraps, out of respect to Wenger, so the Frenchman’s final farewells after 22 years with the club were not overshadowed.
Meanwhile, Arteta is now expected to stay in his current role as No 3 to Manchester City boss Guardiola.
It is believed that he had become uncomfortable with the demand that he accepted a £50m transfer budget this summer — and also have no real say on what players come in or go out.
But that approach jarred with the new realities at Arsenal. And that opened the door further to former Valencia, Sevilla and PSG boss Emery, who only ended his two-year stay in Paris last weekend.
Emery flew in to London for another interview yesterday and is now expected to be unveiled this week.
His success at Sevilla, where he won the Europa League three years running before his move to France, has long been noticed by the Emirates hierarchy.
More critically, he made clear from the outset that he accepted the financial situation at Arsenal had changed.
NAIJ.com previously reported that Premier League campaigners Arsenal are reportedly planning to hire former Paris Saint Germain manager Unai Emery this summer.
The Gunners are also want to sign former Gunners midfielder Mikel Arteta as the club’s assistant manager ahead of the coming season according to Express UK.
Emery joined the Parisians in the summer of 2016 and has won a total of seven titles with the Parc Des Princes side.
He was however unable to lead PSG to glory in Europe, as they were bundled out of the Champions League competition in the last two seasons by Barcelona and Real Madrid.
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